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Let’s collaborate to deal with encroachers on government lands - Sulemana Mahama

The Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Sulemana Mahama, has called for collaboration between licensed surveyors and his outfit to help curb the massive encroachment on twenty percent stake of government lands in the country. 

According to the Executive Secretary, partnership would require that licensed surveyors exercise restraint despite the financial benefit they would get from the encroachers.

He further revealed that when there is that understanding, then the lands commission would be able to deal with the unlicensed surveyors.

“We have over flogged the idea of the cost of surveyors to the ordinary person, it is something that I believe in the course of your discussion you would deal with it”, he said.

He made this remarks at the first seminar and general meeting this year on the theme, “Land ownership and registration: the role of the licensed surveyor”.

Your role is very critical to this country. all the agenda of the past Presidents, better Ghana Agenda by late Mills, Operation Feed yourself, GPRS of former President Kuffor, expansion of the ports and road infrastructure, land plays a key role, hence the need for clear official dimensions of land, he said.

Again, service and dedication to duty has been imposed on us; for those of us at the Lands Commission, our role is in Article 258, Lands Commission Act 767 which enjoins us to work in tandem with the land users and special planning authorities.

“Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDCEs), however in performing this role we do face some challenges which I believe would be address at this seminar and looking into the future”. 
 
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