"Support land administrators to resolve conflicts arising out of judicial decisions on land" Sulemana Mahama
He said improved communication and collaboration between the Judiciary and public land agencies will help arrest some of the avoidable disputes that arise over some court decisions on land.
Mr. Sulemana made these observations at a roundtable discussion organised by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, CDD-Ghana in Accra.
Speaking on the topic “Enhancing Good Governance and the Developmental Effects of Judicial Decisions on Land”, Mr. Sulemana said poor record management practices, frequent changes of land use, weak enforcement of rules and regulations and the lack of proactive support to stakeholders have contributed adversely to land administration in Ghana.
Citing from a study he has conducted, Mr. Sulemana said some past judicial decisions on land have weakened customary control of land, increased opportunistic sale of land, created more insecurities, and led to disharmony in land use and planning. He called for a review and streamlining of multiple court judgements as a practical way of addressing the problem.
In his remarks, the Executive Director of CDD-Ghana, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said one of the bedrocks of a free society is an effective system that recognises the right of people to create wealth and to transfer that wealth. However, he lamented on the multiple sale of land, poorly demarcated land and the use of illegal means such as the hiring of land guards to protect landed property. Prof. Gyimah-Boadi hoped that submissions from participants would help chart a course for protecting landed property in Ghana.
The forum was chaired by Justice S.A. Brobbey of the Supreme Court of Ghana. Participants included Judges, officers from the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, Traditional Authorities, the Judicial Service, Lands Commission, the media among others.