The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands has opened a Customary Lands Secretariat in the Nanumba Traditional Area to assist with land management systems in line with the laws of the country.
The Secretariat, located at Bimbilla in the Nanumba North Municipality of the Northern Region, was a self-initiated project by the Chiefs and people of the Nanung traditional area to enhance customary land administration.
During the opening of the Secretariat, a Management Committee, comprising five people, was outdoored as staff, who would steer the affairs of the Secretariat.
Mrs Maame Ama Edumadze Aquaah, Administrator of Stool Lands commended the leadership of the Nanung traditional area for the determination to join the league of traditional areas in the country to embrace the Customary Lands Secretariat concept, saying it was key in building resilient land governance.
She urged Chiefs and staff of the Secretariat to be abreast of the provisions of the Lands Act, 2020 (Act1036) and apply it for improved land administration.
She said, “to realize full benefits of the Customary Lands Secretariat, I call on the traditional authorities, the land sector agencies and the District Assembly to endeavor to support and collaborate with the Management Committee, which is an advisory body, with the necessary resources and technical assistance to enable them to function effectively.”
She encouraged the Management Committee to adopt technology, transparency, accountability, and equity as part of their land management practices to curb issues of indeterminate boundaries and conflicts.
Mr Abdulai Yaquob, Municipal Chief Executive of Nanumba North Municipal Assembly, said the “Nanumba Traditional Council was pleased with the initiative even though it was long overdue, considering the status of Nanung as one of the two traditional areas in the Northern Region.
He stated that it was important to effectively manage land as a resource, given its essential factor of production, which was highly limited and scarce.
He expressed hope that the establishment of the Secretariat in the traditional area would promote land governance at the local level through effective collaboration between traditional authorities and key players.
He assured the Secretariat of support from the Assembly, adding that “We are ever ready to collaborate with you to preserve government lands.”
Nyelinbolugu Naa Yakubu Andani Dasana, Regent of Bimbilla and Acting President of the Nanung Traditional Council, in a speech read on his behalf, expressed gratitude to the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands for opening the Secretariat, expressing hope that it would serve its purpose.
He called for the training of staff of the Secretariat on relevant sections of the Lands law to enable them to discharge their duties as expected of them.
He urged chiefs, landowners, and other stakeholders to exercise patience in their line of duty and tolerate everybody to achieve the set goals of the Secretariat.
Martin Kankoh, Northern Regional Representative of the Lands Commission appealed to the Chiefs and Elders of the Nanung Kingdom to support the Secretariat to harness its ability to streamline land acquisition within the traditional area.