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Land sales in the north raises concerns from stakeholders

2011-11-10 22:56:21
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The indiscriminate sale of land in the three Northern Regions to investors has raised concern from stakeholders of development in the north. They said the trend should be a source of worry to all.

Investors and in some cases individual are buying as much as 100 hectors of land because of the ridiculously low prices, with some selling for as low as 2 dollars per hector, they added.

The concerns were expressed by participants at a day’s workshop on awareness creation and capacity building which was themed “alienation of communal lands and its implications on livelihood” in Tamale.

It was organised by the Northern Accelerated Intervention for Development (NAID), a non-governmental organisation NGO in collaboration with Civil Society Coalition on Lands.

The forum considered among others appropriate procedures for land acquisition, registration and documentation as well as identifying specific policy gaps in safeguarding community interest in communal lands.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Northern Regional Minister Mr. Moses Mabengba expressed concern about the excessive reliance on bio-fuel that has brought enormous challenges to rural and urban farmers, whiles environmental degradation also poses threats to food security and sustenance of arable lands.

He charged the Environmental Protection Agency EPA and the Lands Commission to regulate the activities of the investors to ensure sanity.

The Executive Director of NAID Mr Mohammed Saani Iddrisu implored Government and the District Assemblies to regulate land sales since the world’s population growth had put pressure on land globally.

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