The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has undertaken the demarcation and survey of boundaries of some selected traditional areas across the country as part of efforts to implement phase one of the Land Administrative Project (LAP-1).
LAP is a long-term commitment by the government of Ghana to reduce poverty and enhance economic and social growth by improving security of tenure and simplifying the process of acquiring land.
It is also to improve the land market and management system through efficient land administration by both the State and Customary Land Owners.
The demarcation exercise, which is being run on pilot basis, is to help solve the problems associated with indeterminate boundaries.
Ruth Monica Paintsil, Western Regional Stool Lands Officer disclosed these at a sensitization workshop organized by her outfit for members of the Regional House of Chiefs at Sekondi.
It was aimed at assisting the traditional leaders to obtain in-depth knowledge on the project, among other things.
She explained that the LAP was the principal programme for implementing and achieving the objectives of the National Land Policy which was launched in 1999.
She pointed out that the project is also to identify problems and constraints that affected the efficient land administration and management in the country.
She mentioned some of the constraints as indeterminate boundaries of stool/skin lands resulting directly from the lack of reliable maps or plan and the use of unapproved, old or inaccurate maps that create land conflicts and litigation between stools and other groups.
She revealed that LAP-2 would scale up the activity and continue to undertake Customary Boundary Demarcation (CBD) with selected qualified allodial land owners.
Madam Paintsil told the chiefs that under the CBD, land boundaries of beneficiary family or traditional authority could easily be identified with a map and would improve land tenure security by reducing risks such as land grabbing, encroachment, disputes and expropriation.
During an open forum, the traditional leaders commended the Stool Lands Administration for the initiative since the cost of normal land survey and demarcation was high, which makes it difficult for many traditional areas to undertake the activity.
Source Daily Guide Ghana