By Cecil Mensah
The Nii Odai Ntow Customary Land Secretariat (NONCLS) in the Ga East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region (GAR), has been inaugurated by the Land Administration Project (LAP), the project introduced by the government to manage and to sanitize the leaseholds, acquisition and regularization of documents on land in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration and presentation of office equipment to the Nii Odai Ntow Customary Lands Secretariat, customary land owners covering 12,690 acres with boundaries in the Eastern region, consisting of areas like, Agbogba, Kwabenya, Ashongman, Dome, Teshie among others, Mrs Christie Bobobee, the Administrator of Stool Lands, commended the elders and members of the Nii Odai Ntow family for the initiative and commitment they exhibited in ensuring that the secretariat was created.
According to her, customary land secretariats, are specialized offices established by local land owning communities with support from the government to improve upon land management and administration in the country.
She said, the establishment of these secretariats was to assist to bridge the gap in the land management and administration at the local level.
She stressed the secretariat could help customary land owners to provide information about their lands to the public, keep and maintain accurate and update records on all land related transactions.
She added that since the inception of the LAP project, 37 customary land secretariats have been established under LAP project one, nineteen under LAP II and 50 more would be established by the end of the year.
She said this will ensure that customary land owners get involved in the way and manner lands are used in the country.
Giving a brief background history of the late Nii Odai Ntow , the Secretary of the family, Mr Joshua Odai Armah , said the late Nii Odai Ntow was a great hunter who lived in the sixteenth century in the Greater Accra plains with the boundaries to the following areas: Ablaadjei, Akpoman, Awula, Dede, Berekuso, Akosem, Pokuase, Ofankor, Asere Lands And Onomroko Adain Lands.
He said, the late Ntow founded some villages like Nauso, Opokushishi,Akramah Naa, and others as he was the first Chief priest of the Ga state.
He said, as the secretariat has been inaugurated and all developers be it family members, a foreigner or a Ghanaian wishing to acquire some parcel of land in the above mentioned areas would have to regularize their documents with the secretariat.
He said, the secretariat was managed by the four branch heads of the stool namely Tetteh Afrime, Anteh Kwakonam, Ashong- Djemawon and Abbey We.
On his part, the Chairman of the Nii Odai Ntow Customary Stool Land, and Head of the Abbey We family, Nii Akrade Annan Oti II, expressed gratitude to the Administrator of the stool lands for making the inauguration ceremony successful.
He assured them the equipment would be put to good use in the administration of the secretariat.