Land Service Delivery Automation Crucial For Dev't – Dr Bawumia

The Vice President of the Republic, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has called for the speedy automation of the activities of the Lands Commission, to make land title service delivery more efficient.

Giving the Keynote Address at a Land Administration Forum in Accra on Wednesday February 28, 2018, the Vice President called on the private sector to partner government to make the ongoing efforts to automate a reality.

“Government fully supports efforts already underway in digitizing land administration processes. This will increase information accessibility and coordination between all stakeholders. Automating the processes requires the contribution and support of the private sector and we must work towards forging and enhancing such partnerships” Dr Bawumia stated.

“The days of manual land administration processes are over”, the Vice President declared, “and Ghana cannot be left behind. We have started a pilot project with the implementation of the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System (GELIS) and the Land Use Planning Management Information System (LUPMIS). But with all the investments made, only 10% of the legacy data at the Lands Commission has so far been digitized. This is unacceptable. Surely, we can do better. What role can the private sector play in moving forward in this digitized environment?”

Land Administration in Ghana has over the years seen some interventions, including Phases I and II of the Land Administration Project, but these have had little impact on land title registration and on the turnaround time for service delivery. Analysts say a number of significant challenges exist that mar the efficiency of the land administration system in the country.

Alluding to the widely acknowledged equity vested in land, Dr Bawumia argued that leaving the land management system to remain in its current chaotic state would be inimical to the Akufo-Addo Government’s desire to move Ghana beyond aid, and informs the decision to digitise land title registration.

“There is capital value in land. Let us create a transparent and progressive market for land. Let us securitize it to create wealth. We call on the efforts of all stakeholders to make this happen” Dr Bawumia urged the participants at the Forum.