Stool lands in Ghana are not for outright sale and it is important for all Ghanaians and foreigners to note that any land given out from a stool to persons, institutions or organizations under whatever transaction could at best, be an allocation and not sale, the Paramount Chief of Kumbungu,Kumbun Naa Yiri 11 has said.
He said the laws of Ghana do not permit or allow for the outright sale of land from any Stool in any part of the country and cautioned persons and firms, particularly Estate Developers to be aware that the Constitution of Ghana frowns on the outright sale of stool lands.
The Over-Lord of Kumbugu Traditional Area in the Kumbumgu District of the Northern Region who is also a member of the National Project Steering Committee of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) (NPSC) sounded the warning in his palace during a courtesy call on him by Officials of the National Project Coordinating Unit of LAP-2 and Land Sector Agencies in the Northern Region before a Community Outreach in Kumbungu.
He called on his colleague Traditional Rulers and leaders to always be conscious of the fact that the land which they hold in trust for their people are for their dead ancestors, the living and most importantly the generations yet unborn and which called for prudent and sustainable land management.
The Kumbun Naa, a former Director of Survey and currently a member of the Northern Regional Lands Commission commended the Land Administration Project under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for working towards an efficient and decentralized land administration and management system in the country.
The Community Outreach at Kumbungu was organized by the Communication and Public Outreach Unit of LAP-2 to sensitize stakeholders in the District on the development objectives of the Project and the need for all to buy in and be part of the reforms envisaged under the Project.
Addressing the participants made up of Assembly Members, Tenant and peasant Farmers, Chiefs and Queens, Religious Organizations, Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations, women, representatives of Departments and Agencies in the Kumbungu District, Mr. Yaw Aboagye Kyei, the Northern Regional Lands Officer of the Lands Commission called on the people to register their land not only to avoid disputes over ownership but also to use it as collateral for economic gains.
A similar Public Outreach was held for the people of Salaga in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region the previous day where the Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area, Kpembewura Nyen-Churo Ebore II said his Traditional Area has benefitted immensely from the Land Administration Project with the establishment of a Customary Land Secretariat equipped by the Project which handles all land transactions in the District.
Addressing participants of the Outreach programmes, the Communication and Public Outreach Specialist of LAP-2 , Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson said the Project , under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources with funding support from the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency aims at ensuring efficient and decentralized land administration system for transparent service delivery and enactment of appropriate laws and regulations, capacity building for Land Sector Agencies as well as reducing the turn-around time for deed and title registration, street naming and sound human settlement scheme among others for the country.