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 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”