The number of cases of demolition of buildings which took hundreds of thousands if not millions of dalasis to erect by today's cost is increasing and is causing trauma and trepidation among many families. In many instances, the victims are in possession of documents which give semblance of legality to their holdings. It is therefore difficult to know what documents offer the best legal protection to one's land holding.
Over the years, people have been encouraged to invest in land holdings as the most secure form of investment. This is precisely why the Construction and the service sector continued for many years to add to growth in GDP. Now that demolition exercises are becoming common, uncertainty has gripped land owners in many development areas.
This is why there is urgent need for the government to implement what is constitutionally provided for, that is, to establish a permanent Lands Commission which would look into concerns of land owners beforedemolition exercises take place. People should be able to take their documents to such a commission for review and advice as to whether they are in order or not and if they are given fake documents the fraudsters could be identified and deterred from defrauding others.
Investment in Land is very high in cost and those who venture to do so need the protection of the state and not the weight of its might.
Section 192 of the Constitution states that there shall be established a Lands Commissionwhose composition, functions and powersshall be prescribed by the National Assembly. We therefore call on the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to follow up this mandatory provision with the executive so that the current fear growing among land owners could be allayed.