Even though the details have been captured in part of the Report of the Committee, Mr Speaker, we have instituted and initiated actions and policies directed towards ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources and bringing sanity into the administration of land in this country. Mr Speaker, we have also on a policy, determined efforts to rid the mining sector of illegalities both in the large scale and the small scale sectors.
Mr Speaker, our forests are continuously under attack by farmers who want to encroach on the forest reserves for farming purposes, residents who want to encroach on the land for residential purposes and by chainsaw operators who clearly are not interested in following any of the legal procedures laid down by the Ministry and by law for the purposes of harvesting our forest resources.
Mr Speaker, we would need resources to be able to sustainably manage our natural resources and the utilisation of those natural resources for the benefit of the whole country and for the economic growth of this country. And that being so, we would need these resources to be able to perform activities, which activities have been identified and earmarked for the 2014 fiscal year. That is why we are coming before you for these resources.
Chairman of the Committee (Mr Albert Abongo) Mr Speaker, I thank you very much for the opportunity to support the Motion and in doing so, I present to the House, the Report of the joint
Committee on Lands and Forestry and Mines and Energy.
The Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2014 fiscal year was presented to Parliament by the Hon Minister for Finance Mr. Seth Terkpeh on Tuesday, 19th November, 2013 in accordance with article 179 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources were accordingly referred to the joint Committee on Lands and Forestry, and Mines and Energy for consideration and report pursuant to Orders 140 (4), 177 and 188 of the Standing Orders of the House.
During the consideration of the referral, the Committee met with the Hon Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah A. B. Fuseini and key officials of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the schedule officers from the Ministry of Finance. The Committee lauds the Hon Minister and the officials for their assistance during its sitting.
Agencies under the Ministry
The Ministry has three sectors, namely, Land, Forestry and Mines. The Land sector is managed by two agencies, that is, the Lands Commission and the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands. The Forestry sector is also managed by the Forestry Commission. The Mines sector is managed by three agencies and these are the Minerals Commission, the Geological Survey Department and the Precious Mineral Marketing Company.
The Committee used the underlisted as reference materials during its deli- berations:
(i) The 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
(ii) The Standing Orders of the House.
(iii) The Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government for the year ending 31st December, 2014.
(iv) The Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2013- 2015 and the draft Annual Estimates for 2014 of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
(v) The Budget Estimates for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for 2014.
The Mission Statement of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is to ensure sustainable management and utilization of the nation's land, forest, wildlife and mineral resources for the socioeconomic development and growth of Ghana. This is to be achieved through:
(i) Efficient formulation, implemen- tation, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes of the sector agencies.
(ii) Efficient management of public and stool lands as a means to ensure equitable land delivery.
(iii) Promoting effective inter-agency and cross-sectoral linkages.
(iv) Promoting sustainable and efficient forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilisation.
(v) Creating an enabling environ- ment for effective private sector participation.
(vi) Promoting effective community participation in multiple uses of land, forest, wildlife and mineral resources.
The Mission of the Ministry will be realised through the pursuit of the underlisted objectives:
(i) Develop and manage sustainably, land, forest, wildlife and mineral resources.
(ii) Facilitate equitable access, benefit sharing from and security to land, forest and mineral resources.
(iii) Promote public awareness and local communities' participation in sustainable management and utilisation of forest, wildlife, land and mineral resources.
(iv) Review, update and consolidate existing legislation and policies affecting natural resource management;
(v) Promote and facilitate effective private sector participation in land service delivery, forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilisation.
(vi) Develop and maintain effective institutional capacity and capability at the national, regional, district and community levels for land, forest, wildlife and mineral service delivery.
(vii) Develop and research into problems of forest, wildlife, mineral resources and land use.