Eguafo chiefs agree to execute land management project

arid-landMr Prince Gyapong, Central Regional Stool Lands Officer, has applauded the Eguafo Traditional Council for availing itself to execute the Land Administration Project (LAP) for prudent and systematic land management within the jurisdiction.

The Eguafo Traditional Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Administration of Stool Lands on Thursday to pave the way for the execution of the second phase of the Land Administration Project (LAP-2).

A Customary Land Secretariat (CLS) has, therefore, been instituted in the Eguafo Traditional Area to liaise with the chiefs to employ effective managerial skills to administer land under their jurisdiction.

The LAP, an initiative of Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, is aimed at improving general land administration as a mechanism to address the National Land Policy in Ghana with financial support from the International Development Association (IDA).

During the first phase (LAP-1), 37 customary land secretariats were established on pilot basis nationwide to assist traditional authorities and other land owners in the administration of land at the local level to stimulate economic growth by maintaining up-to-date records of land transactions.

Among the objectives is to seek poverty reduction and promote social stability by developing sustainable decentralised land administration system that is fair, efficient and cost effective to enhance security of tenure.

Addressing the council after signing the MOU, which coincided with a sensitization workshop for the traditional authorities, Mr Gyapong explained that the MOU was to ensure that the Secretariat and its allied wings functioned within its mandate to aid sanity in land administration.

Mr Gyapong said the LAP-2 had been incorporated into the activities of the Office of Administration of Stool Lands and would be on Demand-Led basis, there, traditional councils who are interested in the project must in this regard, apply for it.

He was of the hope that the Eguafo CLS would employ innovations that would  compel other CLS beneficiaries to learn from it.

Nana Kwamena Ansah IV, Omanhen of Eguafo Traditional Area, pledged the full support of the Traditional Council for the successful implementation of the project.

Source: GNA

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