Land tenure system in Ghana is key to our success as a nation and an open fact that the elites who took the reign of power of Ghana as a nation and republic from the Colonialist failed abysmally into forming an all inclusive political system upon which we would have thrived on to continue to become the shining star of Africa or continued in our fame as the Richest African State.

The tendency of the Ghanaian elite to refusing to merge and fashion an inclusive political administrative system with the custodians of our custom and fiduciaries of our land has been a scourge on our nation that has inadvertently punched holes and affected our economic gains hence the Galamsey retributions.

One would not say it is a conspiracy coveted to have provided for Article 257.6 under the constitution of Ghana and at the same time find ourselves wanting that Galamsey is taking over our lives.

“Every mineral in its natural state in, under or upon any land in Ghana, rivers, streams, water courses throughout Ghana, the exclusive economic zone and any area covered by the territorial sea or continental shelf is the property of the Republic of Ghana and shall be vested in the President on behalf of, and in trust for the people of Ghana.” 57. 6- 1992.

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Our mineral resources are vested in the President so are our water bodies thereby everything that has to do with national resources. Why then Galamsey in glare views of the President? Something fishy!

The Constitution of Ghana 1992 is evasive of inclusiveness but tows the parallel lines of elite rule and very exclusive of traditional authorities who are the fiduciaries of the land of Ghana.

Today we cannot deny the facts that traditional authorities are equally educated as people in politics. We cannot also dispute the potency of our traditional authorities in local government administration, hence the need to couple district assembly and the traditional council in the making of consensus local government political build-up.

The concept of leadership that comes along with the traditional authorities positions in our mindset cannot be wiped away so easily and no constitutional provision or any legislation made can convince the subjects of these traditional authorities (including political party hierarchies) that they are “nobody” in decision making of their people. We must take decisions with them and advise them accordingly where we feel their decisions are wrong and these can be done if we rope them in as ceremonial heads of our district assemblies and make a section of them (traditional council) members of the district assembly by allocating a proportion of membership to the district assemblies their preserve.

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It is interesting to note that, the 1992 Constitution reaffirms the existing concept that, traditional authorities are the fiduciaries of our land (Article 36.8) and that, a chief may be appointed to any public office for which he is otherwise qualified. (Article 276.2) and that Parliament shall have no power to enact any law which in any way detracts or derogates from the honour and dignity of the institution of chieftaincy (270. 2b)

That is why it is so critical and necessary for us to put to action a constitution, under which we live, to be an amalgamation of our own cultural and traditional system and the intellectual political position so much so that, our political system shall be akin to the British or the Malaysian political system where traditional authorities hands and hands with the elites run their nation to the benefit of the people and posterity.

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The conflagrations would us

A Ceremonial President from the National House of Chiefs of Ghana
A government from the Primary Chamber Parliament
A Second Chamber Parliament made up of representatives of some viable institutions of State with the inclusion of two representatives of which one shall be female from our regional houses of chiefs to serve as a Second Chamber Parliament and a countervailing authority to the Primary Chamber Parliament.
At the local government structures, the paramount chief of the traditional council shall serve as the Ceremonial head of the district concern with remuneration.

This shall be all inclusive government with lame political partisanship when it comes to national affairs.

Source: Munir Saani