Accra, June 2, GNA – A mid-term review of the second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) to take stock and re-strategies towards the attainment of the development objectives of the project is underway in Accra.
The 12-day review meeting will also enable managers and field operators to review the implementation arrangements at the national, regional and local levels.
It will also review the monitoring and evaluation framework with particular focus on key performance indicators and targets.
Speaking at the opening in Accra, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, said the project development objectives of LAP-2 were to consolidate and strengthen urban and rural land administration and management system for an efficient and transparent land service delivery in Ghana.
The exercise, ultimately, is aimed at the development of action plans to address identified challenges militating against project impact, goals and benefits and to fashion out well-defined changes required to improve performance for the remaining training period.
Mr Fuseini said LAP-2, which was launched in September 2011, was also to ensure a coherent set of land policies and laws, a more efficient and decentralized land administration system in accordance with government policy and compatible with customary norms and practices responsive to the needs of the people.
This is to help boost economic growth by improving rural livelihoods and rural income.
He said under LAP-1, key actions such as the harmonization of existing land laws with customary land laws, geodetic mapping in four regions to improve on land registration and lands use planning as well as studies to determine the types of land rights that exist in communities were undertaken.
The LAP-2 was therefore to continue with the institutional reform of all public land agencies to make them efficient and accountable, while promoting the involvement of women in land administration at all levels.
He said although a number of achievements had been made in both phases of the LAP, there had also been challenges like the menace of illegal mining with its attendant destruction and degrading of land, forest cover and river bodies, and activities of land guards which has raised security concerns.
“These challenges continue to disturb the peace and smooth development of the country,” he said.
Mr Fuseini, therefore, expressed the hope that the review meeting would help in addressing all bottlenecks and forge the way forward to ensure a smooth and enhanced project implementation.
Professor Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo, Chief Director, Ministry of Lands and Forestry, explained that LAP-2 was one major intervention of government to ensure prudence and efficiency in the administration of land in the country aimed at poverty alleviation.
“We have a responsibility as major stakeholders, to unlock the widely known view that due to the weaknesses in the land management system, owners of land do not have security of tenure rendering land holding as dead capital,” he said.
Prof Banoeng-Yakubo said the review mission would propel the project forward, accelerate its progress and help smoothen all rough edges, both real and perceived for the attainment of project goals.
Mr Hardwick Tchale, Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank, Sierra Leone Office, said as development partners to the LAP Project, the World Bank would continue to provide funding support together with other partners like the Canadian government to sanitize land administration in Ghana.