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  • "Don't Repeat Mistakes Of Your Precedessors" -Benito Owusu-Bio To North East Regional Lands Officers

    The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Lands and Forestry Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio has cautioned officers of the newly inaugurated Lands Commission Regional office in the North East Region not to make the mistakes their predecessors made in the administration of Lands which has breeded a number of issues for the Commission. He added that they are privileged with the advantage and opportunity to start on a fresh slate and therefore urged them to begin with better planning inorder not to repeat the mistakes of offices in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and other places. Hon. Benito said this when he lead a team from the Ministry and the Lands Commission to the North East Region on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022 to inaugurate the fifth out of six regional Lands Commission Offices scheduled to be inaugurated in the newly created regions of the country. Hon. Owusu-Bio said the move to establish regional offices for the Lands Commission is in furtherance to article 260(1) of the 1992 constitution which provides "that Lands Commission shall have a branch in each region to be known as Regional Lands Commission for the performance of functions specified in article 258 of this constitution". He further highlighted some key importance of the Lands Commission in the region saying "Lands Commission here, on behalf of the government, shall manage public lands and any other lands vested in the President by the constitution or by any other law and any lands vested in the commission, advise the government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas of the country, to ensure the development of individual pieces of land coordinated with the relevant development plan for the area concerned, among other important services". He then opined that the provision of formal land administration services is at the core of every sector of the economy, adding that land administration services including survey and mapping, valuation of property, rating state land acquisition, among others are all critical services that help propel the socio-economic growth of the country. Hon. Benito believes that the decentralisation agenda of the Lands Commission will ensure that efficient land administration services delivery is brought to the doorstep of every Ghanaian. He noted that " What is unique about the establishment of offices in the new regions is that the offices will operate in a fully digital environment" which he said will help achieve speed and reduce the usual delays associated with processing of documents in a manual environment. "The era when applicants have to travel for hours from Walewale, Bunkpurugu, Chereponi, Yagaba etc to access land administration services in Tamale has become a thing of the past thus the unofficial cost associated with land administration services will now reduce drastically" On behalf of the Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area of the North East Region, Na Bohagu Mahami Abduli Sheriga, the spokesperson person at the Palace, Chief Tarana, John Wuni Grumah appealed to the Board of the Lands Commission and officers of the newly inaugurated regional office to be diligent in their service delivery and let their work stand out. Chief Grumah added that the staff should be committed to their work, exhibiting their best performance to make the Lands Commission office in the region, one of the best in the North and in Ghana. He also appealed to these officers to be gentle with the people and Chiefs of the region with regards to collaboration in work. "The Nayiri said you should please be patient and gentle with our people. If they happen not to understand anything, please take your time and explain to them so we can all work together peaceful and collaboratively" He assured the Commission of his unflinching support and requested that in the process of selection for new employees for the office, his subjects who meet all requirements are also given the opportunity to work. The North East Regional Minister, and Chairman at the event, Hon. Yidana Zakariah described the importance of land as a valuable asset of every community and nation and therefore expressed his joy to see such development in his community  submitted to the Chiefs and the people of the Nalerigu to come together and work collaboratively with the new officers of the Commission for the development of the entire North East Region. The Regional Minister appealed to the Regional Lands Commission Board officers not to see themselves as owners of any land but rather work in sync with the traditional leaders to properly demarcate all stool lands and avoid double land sale which is the major problem most regions face with regards to Land administration. He also expressed his sincerest gratitude to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for keeping his promise to equipment the new regions with all necessary tools to function. The National Chairman of the Lands Commission, Mr. Alex Quaynor in his remarks said  per the New Land Act, Act 1036, government requires that all land owners register their Lands through the proper process and therefore hoped that the residents of Nalerigu and for that matter North East Region will take advantage of this opportunity and do the needful for utmost development. "We owe it to ourselves as Ghanaians to do what is right. We owe it to ourselves to be disciplined and we owe it to ourselves to maintain good records at all times so let us do the right thing" He added that as most lands in the country are owned by skins, stools and families, it is important that the administration of lands is properly and efficiently carried out at that level, adding that the New Land Act makes it compulsory for the Palaces to have customary lands secretariat which will ensure proper records keeping. Mr. Quaynor also called for a collaborative work between the traditional authorities and  surveyors in apportioning of lands to help avoid the Land gaurd menace in the region. "The only way to stop land guards is to do the right thing so we do not involve ourselves in this menace" The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission in charge of operations, Mr. Benjamin Arthur in a remark indicated that the newly commissioned office have the advantage of operationg in a digital space and therefore urged that they embrace the opportunity and do a better job than those who had to start from in manual environment. He assured that the Head office will soon provide all other needed logistics and support to ensure the smooth running of Land administration in the North East Region. Below are some pictures: Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Nayiri's Palace To Get A Customary Lands Secretariat" - Benito Assures (PICS)

    The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources resposible for Lands and Forestry, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, has assured the Nayiri of North East Region that as part of the inauguration of the Lands Commission Regional office, he will ensure that a customary lands secretariat is opened in the Palace for records keeping. The Deputy Minister gave this assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the the Overlord of the Mamprusi Traditional Area of the North East Region, Na Bɔhagu Mahami Sheriga, ahead of the inauguration ceremony of the Lands Commission Regional Office on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022. Hon. Owusu-Bio, appreciated the Nayiri for his warm reception and extended the regards of the Sector Minister while disclosing his mission for the visit. "The lands commission office here has been in operation for 2 months now and today we are here to officially inaugurate the office which is in fulfillment of the President's promise to equip all the six new regions with the needed logistics to function. Hon. Benito noted that when it comes to land administration in Ghana, the Chiefs pay an integral and important role and therefore they cannot come and inaugurate the  Lands Commission office without paying homage to the King. He hoped that the Nayiri will give the regional officers all the needed support to oeprate in the region and assured the Overlord that Lands Commission will do their best to deal with all land issues in the region. Hon. Benito wished the King a Happy New year as the Region is currently celebrating its annual fire festival which marks an important feet in the life of the indigenes. The Overlord of the Mamprusu Traditional Area of the North East Region, Nayiri Bohagu Mahami Sheriga on his part gave the assurance that his Kingdom will fully support the office in the region, disclosing that his territorial boundaries, which is not limited to Ghana but extends to Togo and Burkina Faso will all be on board in the bid to support the office. He said he is very enthusiastic about the inauguration ceremony but cannot attend due to the crowning of his fire festival which also demands his presence but assured the team of a high powered delegation which will represent him at the event. He wished the Ministry a sucessful inauguration ceremony and assured his blessings for the programme and the new office which will be operating in his region. Below are some pictures: Story by: Nadia Aidoo

  • Nine Fined For Attacking Teachers At Ayinasin Methodist Basic School

    The New Tafo-Akim Magistrate District Court has sentenced nine out of 11 accused persons who attacked three teachers at the Ayinasin Methodist Basic School to fines between 150 penalty units and 250 units. The units when converted is between GH¢1,800 to GH¢3,000 . Two other accused persons – who are juveniles – would have their case dealt with next two weeks after Social Welfare presents a social enquiry reports. On Tuesday, July 26, the accused persons armed with clubs attacked three teachers of the Ayinasin Methodist Basic School and harrassed one of the teachers to kneel down as his punishment for accusing them of supplying drugs to the junior high school (JHS) students. The teachers had detected the use of drugs identified as Diazepam by some pupils in the Ayinasin Methodist Junior High School. Investigations revealed a pupil whose uncle owns a Chemical Shop in the community supplied the drugs to his junior high school mates. An emergency PTA meeting on Wednesday, July 27 to deal with the matters arising was disrupted by the accused persons and others at large. A case was made to the police on Monday, August 1, causing the arrest of the suspects for investigations. Prosecutor of the case Detective Chief Inspector Barnabas Mends explained it was established that the Diazepam was a restricted drug which was not to be sold in a chemical shop. The accused were remanded and put before court . On Tuesday, August 9, seven of the accused were sentenced to fines of 150 penalty units each (GH¢1,800. Two others had 200 penalty units (GH¢2,400). The Chemical Shop owner had 250 penalty units (GH¢3000). They have all been freed after their relatives paid their penalties. The court would take a decision on the two juveniles next week. Meanwhile, the Pharmaceutical Council has closed down the chemical shop for flouting regulations. Teachers of the school left the court premises elated at the judgement. Story by: Yvonne Neequaye

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