The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Lawyer Samuel A. Jinapor is imploting members of the Ashanti Region House of Chiefs to embrace the Lands Act, 2020. The Act (1036) came into force on 23rd December, 2020 and expected to serve as the pivot for effective and efficient administration of land in Ghana.
The revised Act according to the sector Minister will harmonise and consolidate all existing laws relating to land with several innovative provisions that will promote sustainable land administration and management, and effective and efficient land tenure.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting with the House on 16th December, 2021, purposely held to discuss the Lands Act following an invitation from the leadership of the House of Chiefs.
The Minister spent time to explain in detail the law particularly on the provisions relating to the management and administration of stool lands. He reminded the Chiefs that they hold lands in trust for their subjects, and are therefore fiduciaries, accountable to their people. Under the Land Act, a breach of this fiduciary duty constitutes a criminal offence.
The Minister highlighted the requirement for all stools, skins, families and clans that own land to establish a Customary Land Secretariat, and assured the Chiefs, that the Lands Commission and the Administrator of Stool Lands, will work with them to ensure that the Secretariats are established. He also emphasised on the provisions of the law that require all allodial title holders to survey and demarcate their lands before disposing them. This is necessary to prevent land and boundary disputes, and to ensure that the development of such lands are in accordance with the development plans of the community.
Mr Jinapor reiterated the commitment of the Government to build an effective, transparent, responsive, orderly land and stool land revenue administration which is steeped in integrity, and to work with all stakeholders to ensure the efficient utilisation of our natural resources for the benefit of the people of Ghana.
The President of the Ashanti Region House of Chiefs and the King of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who presided over the meeting, was pleased with the efforts the Minister for taking time to engage the House on such an important matter of great concern to the Chiefs.