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General News Fri, 16 Nov 2001

Courts Choked With Sixty Thousand Land Litigations.

The Courts in Ghana are reportedly choked with more than 60,000 land related litigations. The Greater Accra region which hosts Ghana’s Capital Accra tops the list with over 20,000 cases pending. Lands and Forestry Minister, Professor Kasim Kasanga, has, attributed the problem to the absence of effective regulations, the non-payment of compensation, abuse of existing laws and cumbersome procedures for land acquisition and documentation.

As a way out of the mess, he advocates alternative conflict resolution in land matters in order to minimise land disputes and associated problems. He believes the adoption of the traditional settlement procedures by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has helped to reduce the number of land disputes in the Ashanti Region to the barest minimum.

Professor Kansanga hinted new policies will soon be initiated to ensure the active participation of traditional rulers, individuals and other land-owners in land management and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the land sector.

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Government has placed a ban on the prospecting and exploration of gold and other mineral resources in the country’s forest reserves. and mining companies which acquired exploration rights and conducted feasibility studies to mine in the reserves are not mining at the moment.

Conservationists, environmental activists, journalists and NGOs have been opposing moves to grant mining firms the right to prospect and mine minerals in the country’s forest reserves.

Similarly, the activities of chainsaw operators are to be reviewed to ascertain their number and the impact of their operations in order to make a firm decision whether to prohibit or organise them into co-operatives and groups.

Source: Daily Graphic
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