Surv. Benjamin Arthur
Surv. Benjamin Arthur is currently the substantive Director of the Land Valuation Division with additional responsibility as the Acting Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Operations of the Lands Commission. He holds a BSc in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and an MBA in Project Management from the University of Ghana Business School and a Professional Member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
Appointed Acting Deputy Executive Secretary (Operations) in December 2019, Mr. Arthur has revamped the operations Wing of the LC, led the establishment of functional units and played a key role in the development of a special “in-house” project for the conversion of the Lands Commission operations from manual to digital. He also developed and obtained approval for the development of systems for the introduction of online services for selected Lands Commission services as part of Ghana’s digital transformation agenda.
Mr. Arthur joined the then Land Valuation Board in 1993 and rose to the rank of Chief Lands Administration Officer in charge of Rating Valuation, a position he held until his appointment as Director of the Division. As Head of the Rating Unit, he was integral in pioneering the computerization of the Rating Valuation process, the introduction of the use of innovative technologies in mass valuation for property taxation culminating in the introduction and implementation of a computerized Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System for rating valuation.
He is currently overseeing the utilization of the CAMA in the implementation of concurrent revaluation of properties for rating purposes for 49 MMDAs with support from GIZ.
Mr Arthur was appointed Project Coordinator to lead the implementation of the Land Valuation Board (LVB) component of the World Bank funded Urban 3 project and successfully led the then LVB in the selection of private sector firms for the revaluation of properties for 3 MMDAs under the same World Bank funded Urban 3 project.
He also led the organization of the first National Valuation Conference with international participation and sponsorship, developed modalities and framework for private sector access to the electronic cost rate and comparable database of the Land Valuation Division for enhanced valuation practice and revenue generation which is awaiting National Lands Commission approval for implementation among many other notable achievements.
He played a crucial role in the World Bank funded Land Administration Project. Under LAP I, served as the M&E focal person, and the revaluation team leader. He was also the Head of the Project Implementation and Business Process Reengineering teams of the LC under the phase II of the LAP.