Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has called for a re-examination of land management and use in Ghana in order to add more value to the resource and allow for its leveraging to achieve other objectives.

On its part, Government is determined to digitise the administration of land in Ghana by the end of this year in order to reap the benefits that come with a properly administered land title registration regime.

“There is capital value in land. Let us create a transparent and progressive market for land. Let us securitize it to create wealth. We call on the efforts of all stakeholders to make this happen,” Dr Bawumia declared at the opening of a Land Administration Forum in Accra on Wednesday February 28, 2018.

Despite various government interventions, including Phases I and II of the Land Administration Project, the issue of land ownership and use has been a thorny one over the years, bedevilling various governments and usually bringing to a sharp halt any efforts to develop land due to disputes over ownership.

Alluding to the widely acknowledged equity vested in land, Dr Bawumia argues that leaving the land management system to remain in its current chaotic state would be inimical to the Akufo-Addo Government’s desire to move Ghana beyond aid, and informs the decision to digitise land registration by the end of 2018.

The Vice President had announced in November 2017, the commencement of the digitization of land registration processes from 2018, as part of the government’s agenda to remove the bottlenecks associated with registration of land in Ghana.