Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, March 20, GNA - The Lands Commission has organised a training workshop for key members of staff to support the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) to implement the Ghana Power Compact II.
On February 8, this year, the MiDA signed an agreement with the Lands Commission in Accra, to provide it with US$250,000 dollars for the smooth implementation of the Compact.
The Lands Commission is supposed to assist the MiDA in the areas of land documentation searches, statutory acquisition of land, land survey, mapping and development of Site plans, valuation of property for payment of compensations, land title registration and acquisition of leases for acquired lands.
Addressing the staff at the workshop in Accra, Mr Benjamin Opoku, the Director in charge of Environmental and Social Performance of the MiDA, said the training would afford them the opportunity to review lessons and experiences gained during the implementation of the Power Compact I.
He said the Management of MiDA requested the Lands Commission to assist them in the preparation of site plans, land acquisition, publication of instruments and payment of compensation to deserving land owners during the implementation of the Power Compact II,
Mr Opoku said the Commission’s valuation officers, surveyors, lawyers and recorders would play various roles towards the realisation of the Power Compact II objectives.
He said the Lands Commission would assist the MiDA in areas that fall within its domain in accordance with the Lands Commission Act, 2008, (Act 767).
He said the Commission would bring to bear the lessons learnt during the Power Compact I in the implementation of the Compact II.
Mr Amos Wunta Wuni, the Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Operations at the Commission, said the successful execution of the Compact II would bolster the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana, the Northern Electricity Distribution Company and other power distribution institutions to engender economic growth.
He noted that it would make Ghana a power distribution hub in West Africa and position the country to offer technical advice to countries in the sub-region.
The US Government, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, in August 2014, signed an agreement with the Government of Ghana, to support the country’s power distribution efforts.GNA