The Chairman of the Lands and Forestry Committee of Parliament, Hon Francis Manu-Adabor has said the government through the Lands Commission is working to digitalise the country’s land records system.
According to him, a standardized digital system of the Lands in Ghana would provide real-time information on land and allow authentication and sharing of data across sectors/agencies.
Speaking to EXPRESSNEWSGHANA, after he had taken his turn of debate on the 2024 Budget on Thursday, November 23, Hon Adabor-Manu said, a comprehensive land record management system that mapped out the country lands, both stool, family and state-acquired lands would help resolve long pending arbitration cases.
“It is better we go fully digital so that you can sit in the comfort of your home, you can still get served. We need to get our data by first flying all the land maps of the country. Flying over Accra alone and leaving other towns and villages would not achieve the result. We neglect the villages, they will develop to towns and if we neglect the towns, they develop into cities.”
“So when a prospective buyer goes to the land and he sees that everything is there, the buyer will buy because he is sure of electricity, water, etc. Currently, chiefs do not know their lands. We have to a conscious effort to demarcate all lands,” he said.
Mr. Adabor–Manu explained that the current Land Act 2020, Act 1036 is robust enough to tackle land issues and has backed land conveyance on a comprehensive digitalized land record management system.
In his considered view a digitalized system would also help ease search and documentation at the Land Commission, stressing that, “with a digital land mapped, one need not go to the land commission to be chasing officers for titles of land.”
Land is a precious asset for any country, and more so for Ghana where more than 50 per cent of the working population is engaged in agriculture. It is, therefore, all the more important to develop a modern, comprehensive and transparent land record management system.
Keeping this in view, the government revamped the existing Land Commission Record to modernization by bringing into force, the digital Ghana Land
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