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02.02.2010 Regional News

Land Title registration office opens at Winneba

By GNA
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Land Title registration office opens at Winneba
February 02, 2010
Winneba (C/R), Feb. 2, GNA—The Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Mr Daniel Yohannes, has emphasized that protecting the property rights of the poor is fundamental to achieving economic growth and sustainable development.

Mr Yohannes said this at the inauguration of over 1.2 billion Ghana Cedis worth of office equipped comprising computers, furniture and a ford land cruiser vehicle for the Winneba Land Title Registration office at Gyatekrom near Winneba on Monday.

He assured Ghanaians that the US Government's MCC stands with Ghana in the pursuit of sustainable economic growth for a more prosperous future.

Mr Yohannes said US Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation is proud to partner with the people of Ghana to achieve sustainable economic growth.

He urged the Government of Ghana, land users, and community leaders to actively participate in the sustenance of this investment.

He said secure tenure is key to accessing credit, promoting investment, and generating market opportunities for growth, as well as providing the basis for transparent property rights systems.

Mr Yohannes said Ghanaian producers, entrepreneurs and citizens understand these facts, which is why improving the country's land tenure security is a major part of Ghana's MCC component.

He said a land registry office in Winneba will give citizens easier access to register their ownership and transactions.

The Board chairman of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Professor Samuel Sefa-Dedeh, in an address read for him by Mr Martin Eson-Benjaman, Chief Executive Officer of MiDA, said Ghana's Millennium Challenge Account aims to transform agriculture in the 30 districts of the three intervention Zones.

He said for MiDA as the implementing entity to achieve this effectively and attract increased investment into agriculture, access to land and the security of tenure are paramount.

Madam Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Trade and Industry, urged traditional authorities in the area to educate their people to register their lands now that the office has been opened in the area.

Mr Mike Hammah, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, commended MIDA and the sponsors of the project for their foresight.

He called for regular maintenance of the building to prolong its life span.

The Effutu Municipal Chief executive, Nii Ephraim, appealed to the people in the area to take the opportunity of the siting of the office there to register their lands to avoid land litigation.

Neeyi Ghartey VII, Omanhene of Effutu Traditional Area, who chaired the ceremony appealed to MIDA and MCC to consider the inclusion of fishermen in their programme.

Also present at the ceremony were His Excellency Mr Donald Teitelbaum, US Ambassador in Ghana, Ministers of State and chiefs from the area.

GNA

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