The Lands Commission will from Monday, November 9, 2020, move away from its manual system unto an online platform to render a more efficient service to the general public.
The Commission says the move is an upgrade of its system, aimed at increasing client satisfaction and enhancing its productivity.
With the introduction of the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System, the Lands Commission falls in line with Government’s aim of digitalizing every aspect of the economy.
Also, with its introduction of the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System, it will help the Commission complete the base map for Ghana with aerial photography for most of the country with additional digitization of land records.
Reliable land information is essential to support effective land administration and management.
However, if the system is to support efficient data analysis and decision-making, then the ability to access this information quickly and link different data sets in the information system is equally vital.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Sulemana Dawuda Mahama, believes with the Commission ready to fully migrate unto the platform on Monday, it will further reduce physical interactions and its attendant consequences.
“What we are essentially doing is to try to migrate and provide services through a digital platform. So, we have created web portals where we would try to get subscribers providing land administration services to banks, land surveyors and the various interest groups that we can think of, online. That will ease the traffic to the office, reduce the human interaction and try to improve the efficiency of our services,” he said.
The planned integration of land records for all types of land in GELIS according to authorities will benefit the whole of Ghana as more clarity and transparency in land holdings will be made available for planning, development projects, environmental management and other uses.
Mr. Mahama added that, the system will improve the effectiveness of the Customary Land Secretariats as it cuts down on the time involved in processing land titles among others.
“You will wonder the number of searches we do in a day, but sometimes because we retrieve documents manually, this takes too long. Sometimes it takes up to two weeks, just to gather all the information together. With a bit more of investment we can move beyond just being so slow in responding to a request that the public makes to us and try to make it a little faster,” he added.