Monday, 24 September 2018
Land tenure system constitutes “a web of intersecting interests”- Tumu Chief

Land tenure system constitutes “a web of intersecting interests”- Tumu Chief

Country Program Manager of MEDA Ghana Madam Karen Walsh in the middle
The Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CETOTAPS) Rev. Father Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo
President of the Upper West Queen Mothers Association Hala Kuoro Hajaratu Limann

The President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of Tumu Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton says the land tenure system in Ghana constitutes “a web of intersecting interests” which include overriding, overlapping and competing interests thereby making it a complicated matter to deal with.



Kuoro Kanton who is also a Member of the Council of State intimated that constant dialogue to seek a win-win solution to the problem is the way out.

He made the observation at a forum on women’s access to land in the Upper WestRegion at Wa.

According to Correspondents Mark Smith and Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo, the forum was organised by Mennonite Economic Development Associates, (MEDA) Ghana in respect of its Greater Rural Opportunities forWomen (GROW) project being implemented in Ghana with support from Global Affairs Canada.

Kuoro Kanton was very appreciative of the collaboration betweenMEDA Ghana and Traditional Authorities in Upper West to assist the vulnerableto access land to better their lot.

The Country Program Manager of MEDA Ghana Madam Karen Walsh shared her perspective on Soya cultivation among women in the region, saying “right now, in the Upper West Region, we have over 21 thousand 500 women who grow Soya and if you are lucky to meet our women, some of them have made so much to help first their family have better nutrition, their children are going to school, they have their uniform and they are getting
healthcare.

Now some of our women are entrepreneurs and have started business.She said for instance one woman in Sissala East is making eight thousand Ghana Cedis a month.”

Madam Walsh entreated the Traditional Leaders to draft acommuniqué to secure longer access to land for our women.

She was very thankful to ProNet North, (TUDRIDEP), Partnership for Rural Development Action, (PRUDA), Community Action for Rural Development (CARD) Ghana, Capacity Enhancement and Community Support (CAPES) for being key facilitating partnersfor MEDA in implementing its projects in the Upper West Region.

The Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CETOTAPS) Rev. Father Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo reminded the meetingof the international agenda to alleviate poverty by 2030 and entreated chiefs to play their parts at the local level towards the implementation of the agenda stressing thatleadership is key in realizing objects of the agenda.

“The successful implementation of this agenda is dependent on responsible governance at the local level. You see, the DCE will change, either with government or even before government is changed, but once you are elected as chief, you will always be there, so when we talk of local government it is the traditional governance that we haveto rely on if we are looking for sustainanbility,” said Rev. Father Aapengnuo.

Queens from the region led by the president of the Upper West Queen Mothers Association Hala Kuoro Hajaratu Limann were there in their numbers to push forthe marginalized to have secure access to land for their economic activities.

Story by Mark Smith and Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo

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