Chieftaincy disputes, land litigation hamper development in Greater Accra

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Nii Afotey Agbo (right) in a dialogue with Mr Li Jiang (left), the Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy, and Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye (left), Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, says chieftaincy disputes and land litigation were the biggest challenges hampering development efforts in the region.

He said such problems, which normally stemmed from greed and the disregard for the right succession channels to stools, had created the conditions for the activities of land guards to thrive.

“There have been instances where people who were not chiefs have paraded themselves as chiefs creating problems for all of us. Also, because land is very expensive in the region, people use all sorts of dubious means to acquire lands which had already been bought legally by others,”he said.

Speaking to the media at an end-of-year get-together for workers of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) including chief executives of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the area, the minister further indicated that, “Such activities lead to lawlessness which adversely affect

Disputes and litigations

The minister mentioned areas that were inundated with chieftaincy disputes to include the Ga paramountcy, Teshie, Ablekuma, Oblongo, Bortianor, Weija and Tema.

The region also ranks high in land litigation and its related violence which he said was mostly spearheaded by land guards.

The minister attributed this to the high demand for land in the capital city leading to some landowners selling their property to multiple buyers.

Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, however, assured the public of the RCC’s readiness to check the activities of the land guards and also ensure sanity in chieftaincy institution in the region.

“Until we find a solution to these problems, we will not develop as we ought to grow,” he intimated.

Nii Afotey-Agbo expressed appreciation to the management and staff of the RCC and their stakeholders for collaborating and cooperating with the council to promote the development of the region.