THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 3

Rexford Dodoo – Lecture given on 9th April 2011 at GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo

Way forward

It is widely acknowledged amongst our cultural Diaspora that, while land is of vital concern to almost everyone, it is also a highly sensitive subject and therefore, best left well alone by all but the most daring or, some would say the foolhardy. I think perhaps, now is the time to think in terms of a Citizens’ Constitutional Forum for tackling difficult issues like this in the interest of public education both for the actual and potential landlessness in the Ga traditional areas.

Land is a highly politicised in the way it is treated in the national debate, but it is too important a subject to just be left to the politicians. This is not to say that we should take it out of politics altogether because, at the end of the day, it is the politicians who have to decide on land policies, and after a long hard look, look at whether we should in fact run a workshop on land, I believe it is now time to take the bull by the horns and do so.

Time is of the utmost urgency, and we have set the discussion on this agenda this particular weekend. We should plan the workshop in such a way that it will include Ga chiefs and leaders, Ga members of parliament, Ga academics and most important of all Ga landowners, tenants, growers and agricultural workers and members of the business community (including private housing developers).  We should also consider the implications of land policy for the tourist industry. Continue reading “THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 3”

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THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 2

Rexford Dodoo – Lecture given on 9th April 2011 at GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo

The transformation of property rights in the Ga state.

As Firman Sellers states in her book the transformation of property rights in the Gold coast, she defines property rights as “the power to limit the ability of other persons to enjoy the benefits to be secured from the use and enjoyment of material good”. The enforcement of those rights gives one actor, the rights-holder, the economic profit from a given source. It also gives that actor the power to exclude all others from using that resource in any capacity. As we can all see this is in conflict with the theory of rights that has been described above that there is no hierarchy in the rights to land.

She further states that the transformation of property right redistributes both wealth and power. The process is inherently prone to conflict.  Individuals and groups in society likely will mobilize to articulate a new, definition of property rights that are favourable from a distributional point of view (and so claim a privileged place in society), or defined against a change in the already favourable status quo. These people may lobby state actors directly to capture the state’s coercive power and enforce their preferred property rights system. Or, they may seek to create an alternative source of authority, enforcing property rights privately or at a local level. In either case, the subjects’ actions are a crucial determinant of which property rights system is enforced, and whether that system is secure. The state alone does not dictate the outcome. Continue reading “THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 2”

THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 1

Rexford Dodoo – Lecture given on 9th April 2011 at GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo

Chairman Nii Nortei Omaboe, Chief moderator, Mr Ade Sawyer, Mr King Quarcoo, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

It is a great pleasure to be with you in this Hall in Balham this evening, and I am very grateful to the three named gentlemen for inviting me to share some thoughts with you today on the topic of the rights and problems associated to Ga lands and in my opinion search for what should be good Land Policies for GaDangme’s in the 21st Century.

It is heartening to know that there are concerned leaders and citizens in our midst willing to come together, sit together, listen together and perhaps later on share, discuss, and look at ways in which we could all help as individuals to move our community and country forward in this regard.

Therefore the big question before us this evening then is what is the theory of rights in land, and what if any, of those rights, exist within Ga lands.

Furthermore in order to understand the rights and problems associated with Ga lands to date, it is also necessary to examine the origins of the Ga state and its institutional failures that ensued with the introduction of the institution of private property which de-legitimized community ownership of the Ga society and subsequently deprived the inhabitants of the Ga state of their ownership and rights to their lands. Continue reading “THE RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GA LANDS -Part 1”

“High-tech lynching of an uppity black man” – America’s Day of Shame

“High-tech lynching of an uppity black man” – America’s Day of ShameEkow Nelson

Obama-Presidential-Seal.jpgSo the United States, the most advanced nation on earth capable of dropping precision-guided missiles to pick out targets in the thickest of forests, had been hoodwinked by a 49 year-old into voting for him even though he knew he was not born in the US. And this guy has managed to maintain the ‘lie’ that he was born in the US ever since he was elected State Senator in Illinois without anyone checking whether it was indeed true that his original birth certificate was in a vault in Hawaii. Does anybody really believe that anyone, let alone President Obama, could have constructed such an elaborate lie to con the American people and the entire world into believing he was born in America when he knew he wasn’t?

What we have witnessed over the last several years and in particular the past few weeks, since property developer Donald Trump’s faux entry in the 2012 Presidential race, is what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas might have described as the “high-tech lynching of an uppity black man” who dreamed and dared to be President of the United States of America. Above all, this must be one of America media’s day of greatest shame that it provided the technological ‘field’ for such lynching. Continue reading ““High-tech lynching of an uppity black man” – America’s Day of Shame”

8th April 2011 – submission to the constitutional commission: All coups are illegal

8th April 2011 – submission to the constitutional commission: All coups are illegal – Ade Sawyerr

As an active citizen I like to comment on world, British and Ghanaian politics.  I also discharge my civic duties by voting in all elections without fail, but as an Nkrumaist living in London, I tend to go the ‘skirt and blouse’ way: voting for who will provide the best social services at the local and best economic promises at the national in line with my interests as a small business person.

So I dropped everything and attended the Constitutional Review Commission that was being empanelled at the Brunei Theatre at School of Oriental and African Studies despite the short notice to ask for three changes to be made to the constitution in the ‘hail from’ clause, local non-party political elections and the indemnity clauses. Continue reading “8th April 2011 – submission to the constitutional commission: All coups are illegal”

Brixton Uprisings 1981 – 30 years on

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Brixton uprisings – 1981 – 2011

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Yesterday was the 30th year since the Brixton Uprisings of 1981. On its anniversary Ade Sawyerr’s advice is that the black community must take ownership of its problems and fashion its own solutions.

Thirty years after the Brixton Uprising that was a watershed in the political, economic and social recognition of black people in Britain most of the challenges within our community still remain.

Walking through Brixton today, I realise how little we have been able to take advantage of initiatives that were set up to benefit us. The fault I believe is in our inability to sustain our community organisations. Continue reading “Brixton Uprisings 1981 – 30 years on”

Shame on you Carlton Cole