The President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, has said majority of lands in the region is held informally.
He said land tenure system in the Upper West Region “involves families holding and controlling land on behalf of family members both born and unborn.’’
He continue d, “Customary laws and rules govern the ownership and interest rights of land in particular localities. Therefore, access to land for farming and other economic purposes is of much concern to both land owning families and non-land owning families.’’
Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton made this known at a stakeholders meeting between the Regional House of Chiefs and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA –Ghana) on land tenure system. He described the collaboration between the traditional Authorities and MEDA as timely.
The regional house of chiefs’ president further stated that land tenure system in Ghana is characterized by a “pluralistic legal system in which customary and statutory systems govern land use. The great majority of land is held informally, under customary tenure system. Land tenure thus constitute a web of intersecting interest which include overriding interest; overlapping interest; competing interest etc. hence a complicated matter to deal with.’’
He concluded by calling on traditional rulers to use their good offices to eliminate outmoded customary practices to build an equitable society to make life better for all.
The Country Program Manager for MEDA Madam Karen Walsh revealed there has been a huge change to women access to land in the region since the last regional land tenure forum in November, 2017.