Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has endorsed the revised Land Act.
The Act, he claims, would bring stability to the land sector by tackling fundamental difficulties in the country’s land management.
As a result, he has urged his chiefs to follow the rules, underlining that non-compliance will result in punishment.
He was addressing during the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs’ General Meeting, when members were briefed on the new Land Act.
Ghana’s new Land Act, 2020 (Act 1036), brings innovation to land administration in the country.
It aids in the public’s understanding of their rights and interests in land acquisition and occupancy.
It also strengthens land ownership security and increases public responsibility in land administration.
The Act harmonizes current land and land administration regulations in order to promote sustainable land administration and management as well as a functional land tenure system.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II advised chiefs to be strategic in settling land disputes and to seek judicial involvement when required.
The Act, among other things, requires traditional authorities to create Secretariats where land paperwork may be stored and accessed easily.
Before selling out to the public, the Act compels traditional authorities to register all of their holdings with the Lands Commission.
Multiple land sales to various people will be eliminated, according to the Asantehene.
He claims that the Act’s provisions would bring rationality to the country’s land management.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources is anticipated to be asked to explain some of the Act’s provisions relating to mineral prospecting on a specific piece of property.
Dominic Denis Agyei, a judge on the Court of Appeal, educated the chiefs on the provisions of the Act.
Meanwhile, three Paramount Chiefs were sworn in as Members of the House.
They include Akyamfuo Asafo Boakye Agyemang-Bonsu -Akwamuhene/Asafohene, Barima Amankwaah Adunan II -Kuntanasehene, Okogyeasuo Adu Gyimah -Asamanghene, and Akyamfuo Asafo Boakye Agyemang-Bonsu