"If Chieftaincy has failed Ghanaians in Land acquisition and Land use try politicians" --Ohene Kwame Ofori.
Yesterday the senior minister and minister of finance of Ghana met Ghanaian residents in America to deliberate on the way forward on the economic and political movement of the country at Ghana Embassy at Washington DC.
During the questions and comments time, I stood up to join the line to comment on land acquisition and land use in Ghana and its effects on the economic development of the country.
I believe one thing which is impeding industrial growth and planned economic development is land administration system, the lack of it in Ghana.
There are so many lands belonging to individual laying fallow (undeveloped but potentially useful) in our urban centers and people who have the economic capital to make use of these lands are denied access. The owners have no immediate use for the land and will not release the same for use by the economic actors to undertake the economic activities which will intend create the jobs the youth need and deserve.
My submission on the subject was a suggestion that the government should have a partnership agreement with the chiefs and agree on a land evaluation system for every district. The DMMA (through independent standing committee) will be in charge of land sales upon receipt of a proposal and workable plans for commercial agricultural, industrial and real estate development for shovel-ready projects before land(s) are released for the purpose.
If the project doesn't start during the agreed upon period of time the land returns to DMMA for re-allocation.This will enable a good zoning ordinance to support our developmental agenda.
An agreed percentage of the sales is given to the chiefs and an annual allocation from the property rates are also given annually to them for their development projects. This will give the chiefs a permanent flow of resources to support the chieftaincy and their activities. This agreement will eliminate the many land holdups and disputes in our courts.
This is where I had a dream last night, a visit by my great-grandfather, a former great Denkyira King with the quotation above. I stand corrected and hope we as a people will have the courage to demand good and accountable leadership and hope one day we all can agree on a workable solution to our broken land tenure system
Peter Ofori - Nuamah
Senior Fellow at ILAPI
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