Show interest in land admin – Youth urged

The youth must show keen interest in land administration, especially customary lands’ management, Noel Tuotir, a senior lands officer at the Lands Commission, has urged.

He said land was a very critical asset for future developments, and it was, therefore, imperative for the youth, who are future leaders to be abreast with the management of lands by the current custodians.

Mr Tuotir was speaking at a sensitisation forum, which formed part of “Land and Corruption in Africa Project” being implemented by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), held at Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region for the youth.

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved livelihoods of men and women of all generations adversely affected by corrupt practices in land administration and land deals, and thereby to enhance security of tenure, as well as to ensure equitable and fair access.

He observed that the failure of the youth to demonstrate commitment to land administration issues could endanger socioeconomic development for the coming generations.

“It is important to ask authorities relevant questions about land development planning schemes/ local plans, rezoning of land uses, sale/disposal of land (size, considerations, terms, double sales). You are not too young to enquire about these issues,” he stated.

The senior land officer, however, advised the youth to follow traditional and diplomatic protocols whenever seeking answers from traditional leaders, saying “demanding for answers about land issues should not be violent. You can do so respectfully without breaching traditional protocols.”

The Project Coordinator of GII, Michael Okai, advocated comprehensive reforms in the country’s land administration laws, and said the current regulations governing lands administration were outmoded and complex, thus impeding judicious use of lands for development.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, TECHIMAN

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