Pentecost Church members schooled on land acquisition procedures

Lands Commission
Lands Commission

Mr James Dadson, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Monday assured the public that the Commission will render quality and efficient services to clients by granting reliable and quick land registration requests.

That, he said, would help reduce the incidence of land litigation in the country.

Mr Dadson gave the assurance during an engagement with the Royals; the youth wing of the Pentecost Church, at the Pentecost Convention Centre at Kasoa in the Central Region.

He gave an overview of the achievements by the Commission in ensuring that issues of land registration was seamlessly addressed to curb protracted litigations.

The Commission had, therefore, established six more regional administrative offices, bringing the number to 16 offices nationwide, to ensure effective service delivery.

He said it had decentralised its client service to increase accessibility and urged Ghanaians to make sure they exhausted all the processes in acquiring land to prevent litigation.

These include undertaking ground validation checks, ensuring a professional draftsman to prepare the site plan and a search at the Lands Commission to ascertain the true ownership.

The Commission had also begun digitalising its operations and adopting innovative technologies to enhance efficiency and robust services.

“The Commission has started undertaking a digitalisation drive of its manual records, which are being scanned, geo-referenced and digitised to bring more efficiency to the services it provides to Ghanaians,” Mr Dadson said.

He highlighted some of its challenges to include multiple sale of lands and litigations in courts.

He, however, gave the assured that his outfit would undertake far-reaching steps to minimise challenges associated with land registration and acquisition in Ghana.

The Commission operates under the Lands Commissions Act, 2008, (Act 767) and mandated to, among other things, manage all public vested lands and advise the Government, assemblies and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of public lands.

Mr Dadson commended the Pentecost Church of Ghana for giving the Commission an opportunity to sensitise its members on land acquisition, legislation and related activities.

Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi Larbi, the General Secretary of the Pentecost Church of Ghana, said the conference was organised to mobilise the Royals-Kings, Chiefs, Queen Mothers and Family Heads to equip them with the word of God and educate them on land issues and chieftaincy related matters to help resolve those disputes.

He received a donation of 50 booklets of the Land Act on behalf of the Church.

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