Licensed Surveyors of Ghana have pledged to support government in its quest to sanitize land ownership and registration in the country with the digitization initiative spearheaded by the Vice President, Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia.
“LISAG applauds the current government’s efforts on the operational reforms at the Lands Commission to reduce length of time for land registration. LISAG pledges its support to government towards this important national agenda.”
The President of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG), Licensed Surv. Kwame Tenadu, declared their intent at a press conference held in Accra on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Accra International Press Center.
This was to back government’s efforts to ensure security of tenure and improve land services delivery in Ghana through digitization and to advocate for strict enforcement of laws and regulations which have contributed to the chaos in the land sector.
It has been noted that unethical behavior, disproportional representation of Licensed Surveyors across the regions, litigation, ignorance, inaccurate survey plans, among others, affect security of land ownership and the quality of land registration in Ghana.
The press conference is coming at the back of the maiden seminar and general meeting of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG) which was held in Accra from the 9th to 10th October, 2019.
The seminar was necessitated as part of the Associations’ desire to contribute its quota towards the achievement of the government’s policy objective of “Ghana beyond aid” in the land sector since the facts reveal that Licensed Surveyors have a pivotal role to play in finding lasting solutions to the endless incidents of land ownership disputes in the country.
Addressing the press conference which was held under the theme: Land Ownership And Registration; the Role of the Licensed Surveyor, the President of the association, Licensed Surveyor Kwame Tenadu, indicated that LISAG is not only have the expertise to help, but also duty bound to support the initiative by government.
He said the association was not going to spare its own members who will try to circumvent the lay down procedures, let alone quack surveyors who parade themselves as professionals and help dupe the unsuspecting public.
“LISAG entreats the general public to report the activities of unscrupulous Licensed Surveyors to the Association’s Secretariat for action. LISAG will collaborate with the Lands Commission and the law enforcing agencies to clampdown on the nefarious activities of impostors and persons not licensed to practice cadastral surveying,” he said.
The association has appealed to the government and the Lands Commission to take urgent steps to ensure the enforcement of land laws and regulations governing the surveying profession in Ghana since lack of enforcement provide space for the activities of quacks in the system.
“LISAG therefore urges the Lands Commission, as the regulator, to take urgent steps to strictly enforce laws and regulations such as the Survey Act 1962, (Act 127), the Lands Commission Act 2008, Act 767, the Land Title Registration law 1986, PNDCL 152 and the Survey (Supervision and Approval of Plans) Regulation 1986 (L.I. 1444), all of which have obligations on Surveyors,” he said.
To support this agenda, LISAG says it will soon embark on serious advocacy actions that would compel strict enforcement of Regulations 10 of L.I. 1444 which deals with “Plan of Partly Surveyed Land not to be approved”.
The association has also served notice to boycott and blacklist areas where their members come under the attack from land guards which continue to pose security threats to surveyors even though it is outlawed in the country. Adding that they will not hesitate to refuse to extend their services to those areas until further notice.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com