Surveyors Urge State Agencies To Stop Utilise Their Services For Land Dev

Surv.James E.K.Dadson granting  interview  to  Journalist  Photo-Maxwell K.Bilson (2)The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has asked state agencies and individuals to use the services of its technical experts when acquiring lands for development.

It has also cautioned state agencies to take proactive measures to prevent illegal development of their lands which often leads to litigations and demolition in some cases.

Addressing a press conference to mark the ninth Surveyors Week and 45th Annual General Meeting in Accra yesterday, the president of the institution, James Ebenezer Kobina Dadson, expressed worry at the spate of illegal sale of government lands by unscrupulous people.

Mr. Dadson, whose comments came at the backdrop of the recent demolition of structures at Adjei Kojo by Tema Development Committee (TDC), said the time had come for the state to prosecute individuals who dabbled in that act because the economic and social costs to the victims are high.

This year’s celebration is on the theme ”Good governance for “effective development”.

Mr. Dadson said the demolition brought to the fore, the nagging issue of land acquisition challenges confronting the nation and the need to address them with immediate effect.

Outlining the necessary procedure for secured ownership of lands, Mr. Dadson advised individuals to first, conduct a thorough investigations on the legitimacy of their vendor’s title to parcels of land they intended to acquire.

He added that the statutory zoning and land use data on the subject plot must be ascertained at the political and administrative jurisdiction of the area, adding that prospective land developers must seek professional advice before acquiring land so as to avoid future challenges.

Mr Dadson said the institution had been collaborating with the customary land sector and other institutions as part of its outreach programme on best practices to ensure effective running of their outfits.

He said the institutions had established an Alternative Resolution Dispute Center to resolve civil and commercial disputes involving individuals, private and the public.

That, he said, was to ensure standardisation, uniformity and sustainability, in accordance with the law.

Activities marking the week-long celebration started with an Inter-divisional Fun Games at the Aviation Social Centre last Saturday, preceding a press conference and charity donation at the Children’s Hospital and Continuing Professional Development Workshop on February 17 and 18 respectively.

Other activities include, lectures and admission of new members, presidential lecture and annual general meeting, both at GIMPA and Presidential Ball at the Banquet Hall of the State House on 20th, 21st and 22nd February 2014. By Malik Sullemana

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