Recently, Ghana’s public institutions seem to be catching up with newer technologies. The lands administration is preparing to use drones to properly establish location and ownership of lands. The drones will also help the administration to speed up land right formalisation.
Micro Aerial Projects LLC is spearheading the drone project. This company is a geospatial service provider based in the United States. The project also seeks to tackle persistent land disputes, which mostly result in violent confrontations.
Walter Volkmann, the president of Micro Aerial Projects LLC., said that the drones they will be using are field repairable. That is, the drones can be fixed right away when they are out on the field. Volkman also explained what the drones will do. He said the drones will take aerial shots of land location, surveying, and mapping as well as close-range remote sensing
This project will provide the ideal platform for live, rapid and real time monitoring of on-site inspections and data acquisition. The drone work has an independent platform known as V-Map System. The V-Map System regulates the precise GPS solution for the drones’ flying path, camera exposure, and conventional ground surveys.
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Already, piloting of the project has been carried out in some parts of the country and it has proven to be successful. Some researchers from the Building and Road Research Institute, as well as planners, and surveyors have undergone training on the deployment.
Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana’s approval
Kwame Tenadu, Snr. is the president of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana. He positively believes the current Land Bill before the Ghana parliament will bring some relief to Ghanaians.
However, he disapproved of the level of bureaucracy in the country’s institutions. He said there are too many bureaucracies and one of the objectives of the land administration project to that problem.
Tenadu said the land administration was going to remove the too many laws which are overlapping and laborious, to make way for smooth and accountable running.
“To bring all of them together, again, and to have the same almost volume I think we should look at it again to make it very short, very easy and have more technology,” he said lamenting about the bureaucratic nature of our land laws.
Dr Yaw Opoku Gyamfi is also a member of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana. He was rather expectant the technology would improve the Otumfuo Lease Documentation Project, launched in 2012.
He promised that “We’ve seen there are some areas which have not been able to achieve land delivery, so we’re using this project to find solutions to the Otumfuo lease project”.
Omidyar Network is the company funding this lands administration drone project. Omidyar is a non-governmental organization that supports land rights in developing countries like Ghana.
Sourced from Joy FM Online.