A Ghanaian Land Administration Company, PDB Limited, has partnered the Lands Commission on its transformational drive to improved service delivery and curb corruption.
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Lands and Forestry, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, disclosed this when he paid a working visit to the Clients Service Access Unit of the Commission on Tuesday to inspect its operations since the recent transformation processes began.
In an interview with the media, he stated that the partnership documentation was advanced with all due processes strictly being carried out including procurement processes and Ministry of Finance approval, among others.
He stated that the company, when given the nod, would partner with the Commission for the next 5-years with an investment of $85milion.
According to him, proper auditing would be done with the government consultants to ensure that the Lands Commission is not short changed in the partnership.
Mr Owusu-Bio applauded the new system of operation at the Clients Service Access Unit and hoped that the reforms would help erode the negative impression Ghanaians have about the Lands Commission and its activities.
Speaking to the details of this partnership, Mr. Benjamin Arthur, the New Ag. Executive Secretary of the Commission, said the company was not only partnering on some part of the transformation, but for a total transformation of the Lands Commission.
He noted that the drive would help improve key areas of the Lands Commission, including mapping of the entire country, capacity building of staff, digital reformation, structural reformation and administrative reformation, among others.
He indicated that the new mapping would be made available in a format that can be readily accessible to all national agencies who would need it.
Mr. Arthur was optimistic that all the reformation taking place at the Commission would not only help keep better records of the country’s Lands but also drastically improve the service delivery.
Irene Wirekoaa Osei, ISD