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The Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Dr Wilfred K. Anim-Odame, has cautioned prospective land buyers at Kasoa in the Central region to be careful as most of the lands are not properly documented.
Dr Anim-Odame stated that, Kasoa and its environs are hotspots with serious land transaction challenges hence anyone who wishes to purchase a parcel of land in that area should be wary.
“If you ask me, I’ll say don’t go to Kasoa. If you can avoid Kasoa, then please,” he said on Accra based Classfm Tuesday, 20 March 2018.
Dr Anim-Odame further explained that the Commission has “experienced in the past that transactions in Kasoa have faced a lot of challenges and when we went into the records to see where those challenges were coming from, we realised that in Kasoa and its environs, there are multiple claims over same piece of lands. Land owners cannot clearly define their boundaries. There are overlap boundaries and conflicts among [the owners] themselves and in that regard, you find two or more people selling the same piece of land”.
He further indicated that the land sellers do not “have the records and claim ownership to the land with further claims that they have the power to sell but in our records we don’t have those things”.
For him, “anybody who wants to buy any piece of land in Kasoa should spend time to do due diligence” in order to avoid litigation.
In view of the challenges, Dr Anim-Odame is advocating the implementation of a well-designed plan before construction projects are commenced to ensure proper land management.
“We should allow the planning scheme to be put in place so that planning will go ahead of development and if we do that the land owners will now sit up. They will go through the process to ensure that they have schemes for their areas and they will also ensure that they have registered their title with the lands commission to ensure that searches can generate ownership rights to people who want to buy lands,” he stated.
He also emphasized the need for developers to obtain relevant permits from appropriate authorities before they commence projects.