Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the motion and in doing so to present the Report of your Committee on Lands and Forestry.
1. The Lands Commission Bill, 2008 was presented to Parliament and read the First time on 14th August 2008. In accordance with article 106 (4) and (5) of the Constitution and Order 177 of the Standing Orders of the House, the Speaker referred the Bill to the Committee on Lands and Forestry for deliberation and report.
2. The Committee held three sittings including a forum for stakeholders in the
lands sector. The Committee during these sittings deliberated on the Bill and has proposed a number of amendments.
3. The Committee received memoranda from the Survey Department (SD), Lands Commission (LC), Land Title Registry (LTR), Land Valuation Board (LVB), ghana Institute of Surveyors (ghIS), License Surveyors Association of ghana (LISAg), Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL), Farmers and Fishermen Association (FFA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nene Akrasi Korda and Mr. Sampson Opare.
4. A team of officials led by the Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines (MLFM) assisted the Committee in its deli-berations.
5. The Committee wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude to the Minister and her officials from the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines (MLFM) for their input during the Committee's deli- berations. The Committee would also like to thank all institutions, bodies and individuals who submitted memoranda on the Bill to the Committee.
6. The Commit tee referred to the following documents during its deliberations:
i. The 1992 Constitution
ii. The Standing Orders of Parliament
iii. The Land Title Registration Law,
1986 (PNDCL 152)
iv. The Land Registry Act 1962 (Act
v. The Lands Commission Act. 1994, (Act 483)
vi. The Surveys Act, 1962 (Act 127).
7. The government of ghana in June 1999 issued its land policy. The long-term goal of the said policy was to stimulate economic development, reduce poverty and promote social stability by improving security of land tenure, simplifying the process for accessing land and making it fair, transparent and efficient, developing the land market and fostering prudent land management.
To implement the actions recommen- ded in the policy, the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines (MLFM) initiated the Land Administration Project which is aimed at laying the foundation for a sustainable and well functioning land administration system that is fair, efficient cost effective and enhances land tenure security.
8. The Project has four (4) components dealing with legal reforms, institutional reforms, land information systems and project management. The legal reforms component also has three sub- components comprising a legal framework for the institutional arrangements for land administration, the Land Bill and land use planning. The Lands Commission Bill, represents the first sub-component, that is, the legal framework for the institutional arrangements for land administration.
9. The legal responsibility for land administration in ghana is currently divided among seven public agencies namely: Lands Commission, Survey Department, Land Title Registry, Land Valuation Board, Town and Country