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Land management key to sustainable development

Ghana: Lack of proper land management and administration is a big constraint for ongoing activities to alleviate poverty and ensure sustainable growth in Ghana, according to Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana.

Dauda called on land surveyors to provide information to support development. “To ensure development of natural resources, modernised agriculture and other forms of development, we will need information in terms of maps which is provided by surveyors” he stated.

He said that the government is focusing on four key sectors of the economy as priority areas for next year’s budget namely; energy-oil management issues, provision of water in deprived communities, completion of removal of schools under trees programme and completion of selected ongoing projects in the road, mining and energy sectors, which will need the co-operation and support of the land surveyors.

In addition, the street naming project is being given more attention. “All streets in the country and houses will have a unique name and number respectively, by the year 2012” he said.

Dauda was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors. The two day event, whose theme was “National navigation system: A tool for sustainable development for a better Ghana”, brought together professionals from surveying and mapping industry, members of the Judiciary and practitioners from Nigeria and the USA. It was also meant to take stock of the institution’s achievements and short comings and to map out new strategies.Ghana was last mapped in 1974.

In a key note address, Justice S. Gbadegbe, a Supreme Court Judge acknowledged the importance of navigation as a tool for national development and asked surveyors to tap into the unlimited benefits of ICT.

Source: allAfrica.com