The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, has inaugurated Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) Governing Board with a call on them to take immediate steps to address the human and logistically resources challenge of the Authority to make its service delivery efficient.
He told the Board to properly steer the affairs of the Authority for the next four years to enable it to serve its clients efficiently.
The objectives of the Authority are to provide for sustainable development of land and human
settlements through a decentralised planning system; ensure judicious use of land, and enhance the attainment of Ghana’s decentralisation programme and, in particular, create an enabling environment for District Assemblies to better perform the spatial planning and human settlements management functions.
The Chairman of the Board, Prof Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa, said it would work out the modalities to generate revenue internally to finance the infrastructure projects and administrative expenses of the Authority.
He said that would make the organisation financially independent and ease the burden on the government’s purse.
He said the Authority would make this possible through the application of Act 925 (LUSPA Act 2016), which mandates the Authority to establish a Spatial Development Fund to fund its activities.
He added that the Act (Act 925) mandates the Authority to have access to a portion of the property tax of the District Assemblies, saying the Board would activate the law to raise funds internally to for its operational expenses.
He hinted that the Board would leverage on the past efforts of the Authority to build further collaboration, coordination, cooperation and form new partnerships with strategic stakeholders to enable it to deliver on its mandate.
He called on all stakeholders to support the Authority to enable it to orderly plan settlement patterns in the country.
The members of the Board are Mr Ebenezer Sam (Ministry of Works and Housing), Dr Kodjo Esseim Mensah –Abrampa (NDPC), Naa Puowele Karbo III (National House of Chiefs), Dr Joseph Kwaku Amaglo (Ghana Institute of Surveyors), Kwadwo Yeboah (LUSPA), Madam Suweibutu Adam (Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource), Kwabena AgyeiAgyepong,(Ghana Institute of Engineers), Maame Ama Adumadze–Acquah (Office of Administrator of Stool Lands), Michael Kofi Mensah, (Ghana Institute of Planners).
The others are Jones Ofori Boadu (Lands Commission), Dr Christine O. Asare (Environmental Protection Agency), Seth Osei-Akoto (Ministry of Food and Agriculture), Philip Lartey (Ministry of Roads and Highways), Mrs Lydia Essuah (Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation), Samuel Seth Passah (Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development), Nana Akua A.A. Oppong–Birmeh (Ghana Institute of Architects).
Ishmael Batoma, ISD