By Dr Christian Lund
Entry to land and estate is essential to people's livelihoods in rural, peri-urban, and concrete components in Africa. humans exert super power and mind's eye to have land claims famous as rights with numerous political, administrative, and criminal associations. This booklet is devoted to a close research of the way public authority and the nation are shaped via debates and struggles over estate within the higher East quarter of Ghana. whereas shortage may well certainly advertise exclusivity, the proof from this e-book exhibits that once there are various associations competing for the correct to authorize claims to land, the results of an attempt to unify and make clear the legislation is to accentuate festival between them and weaken their legitimacy. The e-book rather explores how kingdom divestiture of land in 1979 inspired pageant among regular professionals and the way the establishment of the earthpriest used to be revived. Such procedures are key to realizing estate and authority in Africa.
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This minimal formal requirement for government acquisition was taken seriously by the administrators, though, as the letter from Acting District Commissioner Syme to the chief commissioner of the Northern Territories in 1931 shows, some confusion existed as to the number of notices required: “Nangodi Veterinary Immunisation Camp. No government land which has been acquired recently up here has got notices posted on four conspicuous places. s. (2) NT Cap. I would seem to require ‘a notice to be posted in some conspicuous part,’ and this is all that has been done.
In order to put indirect rule into operation, however, it was realized that much more had to be known about the nature of the native institutions that were “to be recast into a modern form,” as Ladouceur (1979: 54) coins it. For these reasons, a great research project was launched by the government to record the histories, customs, and institutions of the peoples of the North. District officers were instructed to investigate these matters in their respective areas, and the government’s special commissioner for anthropology, R.
While the revised Native Land Rights Ordinance of 1931 recognized that the land remained the property of the people, it vested the land in trust with the governor. 19 Moreover, the governor stated that the crown acquired no title to the lands. The land remained the property of the people, but the governor became the trustee for and representative of the people (Bening, 1995: 242–44). As Der points out, however, while the intent of the ordinance may have been to protect the local people’s rights over their lands, it had the indirect effect of dispossessing them (Der, 1975: 138).
Local Politics and the Dynamics of Property in Africa by Dr Christian Lund