Bishop Adonteng Boateng, founder of the Divine Word International Church in the United States, has called for reforms in Ghana’s land acquisition process to boost investor confidence.

Bishop Adonteng Boateng, a renowned philanthropist, made this appeal during a courtesy visit to Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi over the weekend.

The discussions between Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Bishop Adonteng Boateng focused on investment opportunities in Ghana, particularly in the Ashanti region, and the challenges associated with land acquisition.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Bishop Adonteng described the current land acquisition process in Ghana as a significant barrier to investment. He revealed that many Ghanaians in the diaspora are eager to invest in the country, but the cumbersome process discourages them.

“There are so many Ghanaians living outside, especially in the United States of America, who are financially resourced and educated, willing to invest in the country. Trust me, these are people who will empower Ghanaians with knowledge in investment to boost the Ghanaian economy by creating jobs to address unemployment. But they don’t want to come because they fear losing their investments. So, I’m praying that things will change.”

Bishop Adonteng believes Dr. Bawumia’s proposal to digitize land titles in Ghana, if elected President after the 2024 general elections, is a game-changer. He stressed that it will streamline the process, reduce stress, and make it easier for investors to acquire land for domestic and commercial use.

“Recently, I heard Dr. Bawumia saying that they are working to digitize land titles here to give landowners and prospective buyers security and identification. That’s a good thing to do because there’s too much trouble in the acquisition of land properties here. This is one of the things hindering the development of communities in Ghana and it must change. I’m praying that we will develop from the old ways of doing things in Ghana to avoid needless land litigation.”

Bishop Adonteng Boateng’s call for reforms comes at a time when the government is exploring ways to boost investment in the country.

Source: Isaac Justice Bediako