The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. George Mireku Duker has on Thursday, July 29, 2021, inaugurated an 18 member Lands Commission for the Upper West Region.
He said it gives him great pleasure to perform the important function of inaugurating the Upper West Regional Lands Commission by Article 260 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the Lands Commission Act.
He added ” Land is both a physical commodity and an abstract concept in that the right to own and use it are as much a part of the land as objects rooted on its soil.
Stewardship of land he said, is essential for the present and future generations, which gives effect by the good old traditional Ghanaian adage that land is for ” the ancestors, the living and generations yet unborn”.
He stated, “The Upper West Region has been identified as having great significance in the national settlements because it shares strategic boundaries with Burkina Faso and Cote D’ Ivoire.
The Region, the Deputy Minister said has some unique investment potentials in diverse areas including agriculture, tourism, and real estate development and cited the Sissala East and West districts for their massive maize farming which feeds most parts of the country as well as one of the biggest wildlife forest reserves ( Gable Reserves) in the country adding that Investment opportunities abound”.
Hon. Duker also acknowledged some challenges facing the region including Boundary disputes between allodial owners/ communities, Multiple Sale of Lands, Illegal felling of Rosewoods and Illegal mining activities.
“I must say, Mr Chairman, in dealing with these issues, Members of the Upper West Regional Lands Commission should be fully guided by the provisions of the Lands Commission Act, 2008, Act 767 the Land Act, 2020 Act 1036.”
He also hoped the new members with mix professional backgrounds would work to tackle the challenges in the Region.
On his part, the Upper West Regional Minister Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih, said, “l do not doubt that you will live up to expectation by working assiduously to ensure that government’s lands are well protected, effectively and efficiently utilized for the benefit of the Ghanaian populace”.
The Chairman of the reconstituted Regional Lands Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Abdul- Haq expressed his appreciation to the Deputy Minister and the government for the opportunity given them to serve their community and the country.