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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Land Policy and Administration in Northern Ghana
Author:Bening, R. BaguloISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
colonial policy
customary law
land law
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406619
Abstract:During the colonial period Ghana (then the Gold Coast) consisted of three political entities, namely the Gold Coast Colony, the Colony of Ashanti and the Protectorate of the Northern Territories. Ashanti and the Northern Territories were united with the Gold Coast Colony in 1946 and 1951 respectively as a single administrative unit. The latter was, however, subjected to different treatment in the matter of educational and economic development, fiscal policy and land administration before and after the union. While in Ashanti and the Gold Coast Colony the claims of the chiefs, families and individuals to land were recognized and the government did not interfere with the traditional system of land tenure, in the Northern Territories the government ignored similar claims and assumed general control over land. The present article discusses the land policies in Northern Ghana which have their origins in the colonial period, the effects of land administration based on the colonial laws and the attempts that have been made to harmonize legislation affecting land to conform to the political requirements of a unitary State. Notes, ref.