Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, on Tuesday appealed to stakeholders in land use to co-ordinate efforts to ensure that formulation of the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) which would facilitate a balanced re-distribution of urban population would be acceptable by all.

He said the framework would guide the provision of amenities and facilities in the country as well as enable development planners to know which districts were under-served and those that were over-served in terms of the development of infrastructure and distribution of amenities.

Mr Adjei made the appeal when inaugurating a 15-member Brong-Ahafo Regional Spatial Development Plan Oversight Committee under the auspices of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) in Sunyani.

Terms of reference of the Committee are to mobilize and ensure regular support and effective participation of key stakeholders including Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the plan preparation process.

Others are to facilitate data collection and organization of regional stakeholders to support the preparation of the NSDF, review and provide inputs to the deliveries of the planning team and ensure effective dissemination of the NSDF to a wider populace.

Mr Anthony T.A. Gyamera, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of TCPD, saidthe first phase of the land reforms implemented from 2003-2010 laid the foundation by reviewing the statutes on land, undertook institutional reforms and pilots on some initiatives.

These are customary boundary demarcation, establishment of Customary Land Secretariats (CLSs), digitizing the records and establishment of Land Courts.

Mr Gyamera said the second phase of the Land Administration Project (LAP II) was to consolidate the achievements under phase one by deepening the reforms, enabling the land sector agencies to be more responsive to clients, cutting down the cost and time of doing business and providing an enabling environment to reflect the objective of an efficient and transparent service delivery.

Source: GNA

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