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President of the Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA), Kwakye Dopoah Dei, has revealed that perennial land litigation and the use of land guards in the country is driving way investors.
Dopoah Dei is therefore calling on the authorities to resolve land litigation and land guards’ challenges that are crippling the development of the real estate sector of the country.
The GREDA boss made this revelation at the launch of the Golden Jubilee Cerebration of the Ghana Institute Surveyors (GhIS) in Accra. It was on the theme “Survey practice in Ghana, celebrating the past, redefining the future for national development.”
He said the situation has resulted in uncertainties, disputes, claims and counter claims leading to loss of investments, and disturbance of the peace in many communities.
In order to avert the perennial land litigations which have bedeviled the real estate and construction sector, Dopoah Dei suggested that the GhIS partner government to ensure that all historical data and information on every land is advertised at the Lands Commission to inform would-be purchasers before payment for the acquisition of any land.
Again he called for proper demarcation of boundaries across the country to enable clarity as well as reduce tension between families, communities, traditional authorities, among other stakeholders.
“My chairman, let me use this golden opportunity to appeal to members of your institution to reduce their fees and charges to enable us, individual land buyers, or organizations to use their services. This I am of the view will eliminate the use of quack surveyors by some members of GREDA and the general public” Dopoah Dei noted.
In his address the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh indicated that Ghana as emerging economy, coupled with increasing population, the demand for land for infrastructural development, real estate, commercial development, industrial estates and other competing uses will continue to play a pivotal role in our nation building efforts.
According to him government has embarked upon a number of development programmes which are all land based development interventions.
“Your input as surveyors in boundary demarcation, land ownership determination, facilities management, compensation assessment and determination of cost and quantities for various projects is critical” he stated.
Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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