“We are working to structure the digitalization of the records of the Lands Commission to improve the Lands Service delivery in the country as we seek to completely overhaul the operations of the Lands Commission which formerly operated in a manual system,” these were the words of Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor when he took his turn at the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament of Ghana in Accra on 15th March.
He was responding to urgent infractions relating to some activities of the Lands Commission and Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands which are entities of the Ministry.
PAC, chaired by a Member of Parliament who does not belong to the Party which controls the Executive branch of the Government examines the audited accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure of the government as presented to the House by the Auditor-General of Ghana.
The Minister said the ongoing implementation of the digitalization of records at the Lands Commission does not only promote transparency but also inject a high level of efficiency in the land services delivery of the country.
“The biggest issue we have at the Lands Commission is records keeping, the kind of records that we churn out so that if you conducted a search at one division at Lands Commission you get one result, go to another division you get a different results and of course the whole concept of title being indefeasible,” he admitted.
To ensure that land administration is properly structured, Government is implementing measures to ensure the Lands Commission offers adequate and timely land administration services in a transparent manner according to the Minister.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. James Dadson revealed the Lands Commission is not racing against multiple land registration but multiple sales of land by owners.
The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands said it is working with the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to review the Acts that guide property ownership as the current state of it hampers legal actions against defaulters of property rate.
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