Planning which is now, Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) require to produce layout in the villages and at the district office. But they do not have these maps. So, the LUSPA officer at the district has nothing to do, because he is supposed to produce layout and supervise the building development.
The problem with Lands Commi- ssion is not the one-stop-shop that we have now, which is building offices across the country and putting the staff together. The problem is how to network all these agencies, so that we can get the data within a short period from one computer.
Mr Speaker, plans are advanced for a contractor to be awarded that contract to fly the whole country and help with the automation of processes in the registration of both land title and deeds. If you go to our neighouring country. Rwanda, they register the title within a week. So, I believe Ghana can also do the same by automating all processes in the registration of land.
Mr Speaker, the Lands Commi- ssion, initially was Lands Evaluation and Survey Departments put together. They all have their data in the offices. The problem is the medium for them to put the data together, but the orthophoto map that would produce the base map is the spatial data and all the other information would be put together as attributes before the data could be meaningful to any Ghanaian who wants to do business on land. It has taken up so long for us to get the orthophoto map that covers the country for this process to begin.
I would want to thank the Government for this good initiative. Since 1974, I think we are breaking the barrier now. Flying the whole country to produce these maps at 1:2500, scale such that if a person wants to register his land, he would just go to the Lands Commission, and then they would identify the plot on the layout that has been produced. So, the idea of a surveyor going to the field to map the land which causes delay would be in the past. When they identify the plot, they extract the information and forward it to the Land Title Registry for the registration to commence.
Mr Speaker, the Land Title Registry, during the years past, produced about 5,000 parcels in a year. I am happy to announce that with
the onset of the automation, last year, they produced 6,000 and 2019, they have produced over 7,000 parcels. I strongly believe if we fly the country and get them the maps, we could go far beyond 10,000 parcels in a year.
Mr Speaker, the Lands Commi- ssion offices in Accra, Tema and Kumasi, where the land title registration goes on, it is time for us to expand to cover the whole country. Once these three cities do land titles, the other parts of the country still do land deeds — When the land titles are sent to where land deeds are done, the people would have to bring their documents back and start with the land title process.
Mr Speaker, if we get all these maps, it would be easier for us to extend the Land Title Services to all the regions in the country. We get a lot of revenue from these three cities because of land titles. Once we want to get revenue, I believe it is time for us to declare the whole country as a land title zone, so that people would register their lands for revenue to increase.
Mr Speaker, there are so many people whose buildings are not mapped, so they dodge taxes. If we produce maps that cover the whole country, every small parcel of land
with a building hidden anywhere would be captured on the map, so that the tax network would be expanded.
Mr Speaker, the orthophoto map would also serve as a map base for tourism. It would be used by the Forestry Commission. Every year, we get information about the size of plantations and the forest cover of the country, but we do not have maps to visualise these information. When we tell people about them, it is as if we exaggerate. The orthophoto map would be digital in nature, so we could sit behind the computer and get the aggregate of maps, and then we get the total size of forest in the country. It would tell whether the lands are being degraded or afforestation is ongoing.
These maps would also be useful for the military. We now have new regions and districts. All these boundaries are imaginary now. When we fly across, we could get accurate map of all the regions and districts in the country, so that it would help in our physical planning.
Mr Speaker, there are districts whose boundaries cannot be determined. People cannot tell exactly which district they belong. They just criss-cross across districts. It is time we get accurate maps of the country to do away with these problems.