New Land Act: Chiefs, Land Owners Cautioned

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The Chiefs and people of Ga Asere have been sensitized on the new Land Administration Act, 2020 (Act 1036) aimed at helping to reduce to the barest minimum if not completely prevent the double and unlawful sale of lands in the Greater Accra Region.

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The new Land Act 2020 is to guide all traditional leaders and land owners on the sale of lands as it also comes with stringent punitive measures for those found guilty of the law.​

Addressing a durbar of Chiefs in Accra, a Legal Practitioner and Queen mother of Bubiashie, Naa Amankwa Adueye I, cautioned Chiefs and land owner on the new Land Act, 2020 (Act 1036) to desist from indiscriminate deposition of land and multiple sale of land.

According to her, the Act, has now made it possible for Chiefs and land owners to be criminally liable for up to five to ten years’ imprisonment for actions which negatively affected land acquisition.

Naa Amankwa Adueye I, said this at a form to sensitize Chiefs and land owners on the new Land Act 2020 (Act 1036) in Accra.

The Queenmother stated that the Land Act has placed more responsibilities on Chiefs and heads of family who held land in trust for their stools or families.

Naa Amankwa Adueye I, added that the law made it obligatory for Chiefs and land owners to manage lands under their trust in a fair and transparent manner and also account for their stewardship.

She further stated that the Act also offers the country the best opportunity to deal with the myriad of challenges affecting land acquisition and administration.

The Deputy Chief of Staff of the GaDangme Lands Administration (GDLA), Naa Borley Wulu II, also outlined activities of the GDLA as enhancing proper records keeping and management of land records explaining that they offer administrative duties by processing and endorsing GaDangme Traditional Area lands before registration at the lands commission to avoid future land litigation.

Naa Borley Wulu who is also the Queenmother of Sakumono stated that the GDLA was established to implement a procedure of confirming and endorsing all lands given out to leaseholders to help curb and resolve all land litigation problems that currently exist and future occurrence.

The Asere Dzaasetse and Kingmaker of​ the Ga State, Nii Amarkai III, who lauded the newly enacted land laws admonished all traditional leaders to conversant with it operate within its confines to help bring sanity to the Ga State.

Nii Amarkai III, also bemoaned the fast eroding GaDangme language saying it was unfortunate most people in Ga including some indigenes have resorted to speaking other languages rather than the GaDangme language.

He therefore entreated all family heads and elders in Ga to take the education and the speaking of the language paramount especially among the younger ones.

About GaDangme Land Administration (GDLA)

The GaDangme Lands Administration (GDLA) as part of its numerous services exists to enhance proper keeping and management of land records.

Thus, offer administrative duties by processing and endorsing GaDangme Traditional Area lands before registration at the lands commission to avoid future land litigation.

The GDLA therefore established and implemented a procedure of confirming and endorsing all lands given out to leaseholders to help curb and gradually resolve all land litigation problems that currently exist and future ones.

Aims & Objectives

The GaDangme Lands Administration, under the ages and authority of the Tunma Royal Dynasty, shall have the mandate to handle and resolve all land conflicts, disputes, and litigations in the GaDangme Traditional Area, in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders of the GaDangme.

The Administration shall concern itself in Collaboration with the indigenous traditional rulers in the Ga State and other relevant stakeholders to put in place a purposeful and well coordinated customary land tenure system and uniform procedures for land acquisition and documentation.

Formulate policies and institute mechanism for effective and efficient revenue generation from the lease of GaDangme lands for the cultural, social, and economic development of the GaDangme people and their land, to complement the central government’s developmental agenda.

To confirm by endorsement all lands given out to leaseholders to avoid future land litigations. The Land Commission shall therefore seek consent from the Ga Dangme Lands Administration for properly processed, approved and certified document by the GDLA.

To keep proper land records and management.
To help prevent uncontrolled development of lands in the Greater Accra Region.

To exist and function within the framework of the laws of Ghana, and ensure compliance with state policies and directives.

To coordinate its activities with other government agencies and stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Land Commission, Town and County Planning, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, etc, in other to achieve the above objectives.

Perform other functions as shall become necessary in the future and approved by the Board.

By: Paul Mamattah

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