By: Robert Ayanful

The Chief of Gomoa Akropong and Amankorahene of the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Nana Odum Amanfo IV has hailed the enactment of the Interstate Succession Law [PNDC Law 111] by the NDC Government under the rule of former President Jerry John Rawlings, saying it had come to make people who were hitherto lazy because they had the intention of inheriting properties of their uncles when they pass? away to now think of making a life for themselves.
Before the enactment of the new law which requires that every child inherit his or her father?s personally acquired property, the old traditional system made nephews inherit their uncle?s properties to ensure that that property remains bonafied to the family.
This, Nana Odum Amanfo said made many people to become lazy with the intent that they will inherit their uncle?s personally acquired properties after all to the detriment of the wife and children of the uncle.
Though Nana Odum Amanfo did not condemn the extended family systempracticed by the forefathers outright, he however noted that the enactment of PNDC Law 111 has given hope to wives and children who are thrown out from their own properties after the death of their husbands and fathers,depriving them from enjoying the fruits of their own sweat and toil.
But he has also called on parents, particular fathers who are blessed in life and are able to acquire some personal properties not to disregard the members of their extended family in the sharing of their properties, but should remember that they were born into a family, nurtured and fed by members of that family before they attain the stage of adulthood and got married.

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