The World Bank group has approved a 35 million U.S. dollars financing to support Ghana’s land administration project, a release from the country office on Thursday said.
According to the release, the bank gave approval for the financing on Wednesday to support efforts by the government of Ghana to improve services and efficiency in the Lands Commission.
This funding represented an additional support by the World Bank for the second phase of the West African country’s Land Administration Project (LAP2).
“It will help improve the effectiveness of the Customary Land Secretariats which is an important aspect of land governance in Ghana where an estimated 80 percent of land holders are under customary law,” the World Bank stated.
It will also help complete the base map for Ghana with aerial photography for most of the country and support the rollout of the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System(GELIS) with additional digitization of land records.
“Both the World Bank and the Government recognize that LAP2 has more to do to really impact the lives of ordinary Ghanaians,” Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone said in the release.
The additional financing was being done, he explained to ensure the completion of the LAP2 agenda, so citizens can see a real impact.
Kerali was hopeful that Ghanaians will receive better and faster services from both the Lands Commission and the Customary Land Secretariats and have more access to property and land information. Enditem