Where landowners have been encouraged to ensure they open a family file for the commission to reconcile their documents with the Secretariat to avoid land conflicts.
Alhaji Issah Mahama Regional Lands Officer of the Upper West region whilst commending the initiation of the offices of the customary land secretariat in the Sissala East and its coordinator for a good job done so far has enjoined;
“landowners to see everything good, they have to put in place a boundary plan through survey as that would help you know how much land space you have to avoid conflict and know what would be left for posterity”.
He said that steps are being taken to make Tumu lands put under the management of the regional lands Commission to ensure prompt action and uniformity.
Mr Mahama warned, “that under the new lands Act 1036,2020, anyone who indulges in multiple sales of land could land himself or herself in jail”.
He asked the public to check the staff ID tag before working with any person who parades himself as a surveyor. He has therefore called for collaboration between the commission and landowners moving forward.
Mr Maada Salifu Ismail, The officer in charge of Survey and Mapping indicated "steps are underway to open an office in the municipality, already two officers are there to provide services to the public". He reiterated “the need for landowners in the area to be known and a boundary plan created which would be attached to the family name, emphasizing that a surveyor at any point in time can give the actual boundary lines of any parcel of land”.
Mr Harduna Kadri the coordinator of the Secretariat who thanked the Tumu kuoro, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton IV for setting up the secretariat in a welcome earlier also said ”There are already 21 registered landowners within the Tumu paramountcy and reported the secretariat since its establishment has so far resolved 4 land disputes and reduced land litigation and tension in the area.
Answering questions from the landlords, including why the government controlled all their lands and why unused lands were not being returned to landowners, the management members of the commission from the Upper West region explained that the Northern Ghana lands were vested in the state and Tumu lands that have been acquired is 285 acres meaning not all the lands are vested the state.
The commission can allocate from the state to individuals for purposes approved by law and no one has the power to fight such persons once is within the law. They reminded the landowners that not all vested lands are paid compensations but encouraged continued dialogue with the landowners.
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