division

As part of the public sector reforms program and the Ghana Land Administration Projects, the Lands Commission was remodeled to now comprises of four divisions.  The reason behind the remodeling is to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Four Divisions of the Lands Commission

  1. Survey and Mapping
  2. Land Registration
  3. Land Valuation
  4. Public and Vested Land Management

Functions of the Survey and Mapping Division

  1. Supervise, regulate and control the survey and demarcation of land for the purposes of land use and registration;
  2. Take custody of and preserve records that relate to the survey of any parcel of land
  3. Direct and supervise the conduct of trigonometric, hydrographic, topographic and engineering surveys;
  4. Coordinate the preparation of plans from data derived from survey and amendment of the plans;
  5. Coordinate the production of photogrammetric surveys including aerial photography, orthophoto mapping, and remote sensing
  6. Survey, map and maintain the national territorial boundaries including maritime boundaries
  7. Supervise and regulate operations that relate to survey of any parcel of land
  8. Develop and maintain the national geodetic
    1. Supervise, regulate, control and certify the production of maps
  9. Other functions determined by the commission

Functions of the Land Registration Division

  1. Publication of notices of registration upon receipt of an application for registration
  2. Registration of title to land and other interests
  3. Registration of deeds and other instruments affecting land in areas outside compulsory title registration districts
  4. Maintaining land registers that contain records and other land interests
  5. Other functions determined by the commission

Functions of the Land Valuation Division

  1. Assessing the compensation payable upon acquisition of land by Government;
  2. Assessment of stamp duty
  3. Determining the values of properties rented, purchased, sold or leased by or to Government
  4. Preparation and maintenance of valuation list for rating purposes
  5. Valuation of interests in land or land related interests for the general public at a fee
  6. Valuation of interests in land for the administration of estate duty
  7. Other functions determined by the Commission

Functions of the Public and Vested Lands Management Division

  1. Facilitating the acquisition of land for Government
  2. Managing state acquired and vested lands in conformity with approved land use plans
  3. Other functions determined by the Commission

 

cockroaches

It is said that in the event of a nuclear bomb, cockroaches will survive. While that may true, they are not the best insects to share your house with it. These tiny terrorists pick up germs and deposit them on uncovered food leading to food poisoning.  They like to feed on leftovers, hide in warm, dark places and can survive a week without their head. Pretty tough! But no worries as we bring you natural ways of getting rid of cockroaches in your home:

  1. Bay leaves:  To you, bay leaves smell great but to cockroaches, they are quite pungent which makes them great for repelling cockroaches. Place a bunch of bay leaves behind couches and appliances, near crevices and sinkholes or in cupboards to ward off cockroaches.
  2. Listerine: Your popular mouthwash can also serve as a cockroach repellent. Add water to a cup of Listerine and use it as a spray on nests or areas where you suspect they might be hiding.
  3. Garlic: Cockroaches cannot stand the smell of garlic mixed with pepper and onions.  A mixture of crushed garlic and onions, with dry pepper added to water, will force cockroaches out of your home. You can add liquid soap solution to this mixture and spray it the kitchen, bathroom and dark areas where they can be.
  4. Baking soda: Add some sugar to baking soda to lure the cockroaches. Sprinkle the mixture in infested areas. Once they eat the mixture, they will die as baking soda builds up gas in them and kills them slowly.
  5. Lemon: The smell of lemon is an irritant to these pesky insects. Simply add lemon juice to water used for cleaning your floors, kitchen tops, and bathroom cabinets. You can also mix water and lemon essential oil and use it as a spray on infested areas.

 

lands commission

Under Article 258 of the 1992 Constitution and the Lands Commission Act 767 of 2008, the lands commission was established as a corporate body. The commission was established to make sure that acquiring and using land is properly regulated. This is to limit problems associated with land ownership and use.

Functions of the Lands Commission

  1. On behalf of the government; manage public lands and any other levels vested in the President by the Constitution or by any other law and any lands vested in the Commission;
  2. Advise the Government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas of the country to ensure that the development of individual pieces of land is coordinated;
  3. Formulate and submit to Government recommendations on national policy with respect to land use suitability and capability;
  4. Advise on, and assist in the execution of, a comprehensive programme for the registration of title to land throughout the country;
  5. Register deeds and instrument that affect land throughout the country;
  6. Facilitate the acquisition of land on behalf of Government;
  7. Establish standards for and regulate survey and mapping of the country;
  8. Provide surveying and mapping services where necessary;
  9. License practitioners of cadastral survey;
  10. Provide land and land-related valuation services;
  11. Ensure that through sound, sustainable land use planning, socio-economic activities are consistent with the long-term national development goals;
  12. In collaboration with other bodies instill order and discipline into the land market through curbing the incidence of land encroachments, unapproved development schemes, multiple or illegal land sales, land speculation and other forms of land racketeering;
  13. In collaboration with other bodies minimize or eliminate, where possible, the sources of proacted land boundary disputes, conflicts, and litigations in order to bring their associated economic costs and socio-political upheavals under control;
  14. Promote community participation and public awareness at all levels in sustainable land management and development practices to ensure the highest and best use of land;
  15. Promote research into all aspects of land ownership, tenure and the operations of the land market and the land development process;
  16. Impose and collect levies, fees, charges for services rendered;
  17. Establish and maintain a comprehensive land information system;
  18. Perform other functions the Minister may assign to it.
carpets

Most of us have carpets in our homes. You would notice though that over time it develops wrinkles and waves. Wrinkles and waves happen for a number of reasons. From man-made to the weather. Listed below are four cause of these wrinkles and waves as well as how to prevent them. Here they are:

  1. Poor installation: If your carpet was not properly stretched during installation, it could wrinkle after a short period of time.  To prevent this, stretch it firmly and secure with carpet grippers.
  2. Incorrect underlay: Wrinkling may occur because an improper material was used as an underlay the carpet. If the underlay is not dense enough to support the carpet, it allows excess flexibility, causing wrinkles.  To prevent this, always get an expert view on the type of underlay that goes with your carpet.
  3. Heavy items: Dragging heavy items across the carpet is another cause of wrinkles. The force exerted by dragging a heavy item can loosen the carpet strip and cause it wrinkle.  If you must drag a heavy item, use two sheets of plywood to do so. First, place one sheet on the carpet and drag the item till the end, then place the second sheet to touch the end point of the first plywood. Drag the item across the second sheet till the end and repeat the process.
  4. Humidity: High humidity can cause wrinkles. The latex in the carpet absorbs moisture causing it to swell and form wrinkles. The carpet may return to normal when the moisture level in the room returns to normal. To prevent this, run your air conditioner during the hot months.

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registering land

Land is a valuable asset to own as its value increases over time. It is then important to make sure that you take all the required and appropriate steps with the land agencies to avoid disputes. Registering land gives you full rights over the land and its development, so make sure to do it right. Find below steps to take before you register land.

  1. Checks: Make sure to carry out thorough checks about the land. You can consider the services of a land lawyer to do the check and research on the land and prove its availability. Conduct checks with government land overseers to establish if the land has been earmarked for any developmental projects.
  2. Acquisition and Negotiation: Once you confirm the availability and suitability of the land, you can begin negotiations. Be mindful that you need to be dealing with the rightful owner of the land. Note going through a middleman is not advisable.
  3. Document Endorsement: After the agreement, make three copies of the agreement document. A land lawyer will need to endorse the agreement documents. Each copy of the agreement must have a copy of the site plan attached. You will also need to have two extra copies of the site plan. The buyer and owner of the land must sign and endorse the back of the site plan. A licensed land surveyor and regional surveyor will then certify the site plan by stamping on it.
  4. Witness: The law requires that the buyer and the landowner have at least two qualified people to sign as witnesses. The purpose is to testify to the proceedings taking place in the event of any case or challenge of ownership about the land.
  5. Land Commission: Once you endorse all the documents, you send them to the land commission together with a processing fee. This is so the processing and registration of the land begins. After processing, the Land Valuation Board get the documents to stamp and certify.
  6. IRS: The Internal Revenue Service sees to taxes associated with the registration process. The IRS gets the documents for tax clearing of the land. Once complete, you (the buyer) get a tax clearance certificate which you send to the lands commission for final registration at the deeds registry.
  7. Original Copy – At the deeds registry, you get an original copy of the land title document.

If you follow the process listed above accurately, you are assured of no land issues. Keep the land title document in a safe and secure place.

 

land registration

Land registration is the system of recording rights and providing information and evidence concerning ownership. Types of evidence that can be registered include rent, sub-rent, conveyances, assignments, mortgages, gifts, power of attorney, etc. in relation to land

Land Registration benefits

  1. It enables you to invest in land
  2. It gives you access to credit facilities
  3. It proves and ensures the certainty of your ownership of the land
  4. It establishes your rights and interests in the land
  5. Your documents are admissible in court
  6. It clears land litigation

Types of Land

  1. Private or Individual land: This is land owned  by individuals and private entities
  2. Stool or Skin land: This refers to land under the custodianship of various chiefs
  3. Family land: This land managed by the Head of the family assisted by other principal members of the family.
  4. State or Stool vested land: This refers to land managed by the land commission

Before you go ahead to register land, it is advisable to follow due diligence to avoid land disputes. Confirm these two points before you go ahead with land registration.

  1. Make sure you are dealing with the rightful owner of the land. One who is recognized by law. You can conduct an official search in land records as well as make inquiries in the neighborhood.  Do an original survey of the land to be sure the plan used for the search is for the exact land of interest.
  2. Engage the services of a qualified land surveyor. Only surveyors with licenses can legally undertake cadastral surveys.
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