The Ministerial Land Bank Committee undertook a desk review of existing data collected from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Tema Development Corporation, Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing.
Based on the data reviewed, the Committee undertook field visits to the following Regions during the first phase of the exercise.
- Northern Region
- Brong Ahafo Region
- Volta Region
- Eastern Region
In addition to the existing data the Committee interacted with Chiefs and land owners and gathered information on other lands that they were prepared to put in the Land Information Bank.
Due to the limited time available and in view of the extent of the areas involved, the Committee could only visit some selected Districts which had already been identified in the various regions.
As a result, radio discussions, news paper publications and the collaboration with other public agencies, information covering parcels of land available in the Western Ashanti and Central regions were also obtained and included in this Directory. The Committee adopted the following strategies:
- Held meetings with Regional Ministers, Regional Coordinating Directors, District Chief Executives, Chiefs and Landowners and Land Sector Agencies notifying them about the creation of Information Banks and site inspections.
- Held radio discussions on Local FM Stations to explain the purpose of the visits to key stakeholders in the regions
- Sensitized the general public on how they could use their lands to create wealth and improve their living standards, amongst others.
During the meetings with the various stakeholders mentioned above the mission of the Committee was explained. It was discovered that some lands have already been identified and catalogued for a similar purpose by some Districts and Ministries especially Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
A number of discussions were held with representatives of the Land Sector Agencies in the Regions to examine the possibility of accessing land from the regions and coordinate the activities of the Committee in the identified areas. They were also constituted into local level Committees to serve as point of contacts for persons interested in placing their land in the bank.
The Committee also visited the Radio stations in the regional capitals and held discussions with the public to educate them on the establishment of the Land Information Bank.
Site visits were conducted on the lands already catalogued by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture on State lands and other identified lands. The State lands were visited to find the extent of encroachment and the amount of land still available to be put into the Land Information Bank.
Furthermore, discussions were also held with the traditional rulers who are the custodians of the land. Here, they were educated on the objectives of the establishment of the Land Information Bank and the ways in which they could gain from it while not losing their lands to the state.
Finally, forms for accessing lands for the Land Information Bank and the terms of reference of the Committee were distributed to land owners who expressed interest in the scheme. Some of the forms were also left with the Land Sectors Agencies to be given to persons who will later show interest.