As part of Government efforts to decentralise the activities of the Lands Commission and it’s related activities, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, has inaugurated a 20-member Western Regional Lands Commission with a call on members to bring on board their diverse professional expertise and experience to help Government achieve its agenda in the Land sector.
He said the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in the region has ignited a renewed interest with many stumbling to acquire lands in some of the prime areas in the region.
This has resulted in plethora of litigation in several communities.
Mr Duker said, “the vast natural resources of the Region have made it a very attractive investment destination, stressing that, prospective investors particularly in the mining, timber, cocoa, rubber, and oil palm sector have been trooping in the region to acquire lands among other things.”
The Deputy Minister also bemoan the Galamsey menace and indicated that “many farmers and landowners are coerced to cede off their land for illegal mining”.
He, therefore, tasked members of the Regional Lands Commission to help find practical measures to mitigate these problems by collaborating with relevant government agencies and landowners.
The sector minister urged the new members to see their appointment as a challenge and work with the needed zeal and commitment to help transform the Region into a business hub creating jobs and opportunities for its inhabitants.
The Chairman of the reconstituted Western Regional Lands Commission, Dr. Isaac Obirim Kofi Sageo, expressed his appreciation and that of his colleagues to the government for the honor done them and pledged their unwavering commitment to make Western Region Land administration a success.
By: Felix Cofie.