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Ghanaian MP calls for Surveyors to Expose Quacks in Land Administration System

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo Ano South West in Ashanti, Francis Adabor Manu, has urged professional surveyors to help weed out quacks from the land administration system in Ghana. Mr. Adabor Manu, who is also a surveyor by profession, made the call during the opening of this year’s National Retreat of Surveyors and Mapping of the Lands Commission at Akyawkrom, near Kumasi.

He expressed concern that some quacks were operating under the supervision of professional surveyors, leading to uncontrolled sale and haphazard development of communities. The MP lamented that this was gradually eroding the enviable image of the surveyor profession in society. He therefore appealed to members of the profession to expose such individuals in the interest of the profession and the country.

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Dr. Francis Owusu Ansah, an official at the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council, emphasized the importance of the survey sector in the operations of the Lands Commission. He challenged members of the sector to help address frequent litigation in land administration by ensuring strict compliance with rules and procedures.

The Director at the Survey Department of the Lands Commission, Naa Abudulai Abukari, stressed the need for digitalization in the administration of lands. He urged participants at the retreat to take the program seriously to streamline the land administration in Ghana.

For the most part, this year’s retreat is discussing revived legislation that is considered crucial in the land survey sector. The legislation is expected to help address the inconsistencies in land administration, particularly the issue of quack surveyors who collaborate with developers to acquire land and engage in unauthorized development, leading to avoidable disasters such as flooding.

In a nutshell, the MP’s call for professional surveyors to expose quacks in the land administration system is timely and necessary to restore the enviable image of the surveyor profession in society. The retreat provides a platform to discuss crucial legislation and explore digitalization as a means of streamlining land administration in Ghana. It is hoped that these efforts will help address the issue of quack surveyors and reduce the incidence of avoidable disasters in the country.

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