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Rationalising the basis for utilization of compulsorily acquired property in Ghana: Issues arising

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This paper discusses the evolution, current status and future prospects of the governance framework on compulsory acquisition in Ghana with particular emphasis on the scope of the state’s prerogative to determine the purpose for which compulsorily acquired lands may be utilized. The paper examines how the concept of public interest has been interpreted and applied in assessing the utilization of compulsorily acquired lands against the background of expanding developmental and infrastructural needs, the state’s evolving role in economic development, increasing pressure on land resulting from rapid population growth and urbanization; and drastic changes in land use and demand in recent times. The paper comments on the judicial interpretation of the governance framework on compulsory acquisition in the 1992 Constitution and examines the legislative proposals on the utilization of acquired lands made in the Land Bill, which is currently under consideration by Parliament prior to enactment. Some recommendations are offered toward the achievement of a more balanced approach to the determination of legitimate uses of compulsorily acquired lands in Ghana based on the constitutional governance framework on compulsory acquisition.

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  • Dowuona-Hammond, Christine, 2019. "Rationalising the basis for utilization of compulsorily acquired property in Ghana: Issues arising," Land Use Policy, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 546-552.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:lauspo:v:81:y:2019:i:c:p:546-552
    DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.11.020
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    1. Kasanga, R. Kasim & Cochrane, Jeffrey A. & King, Rudith & Roth, Michael J., 1996. "Land Markets And Legal Contradictions In The Peri-Urban Area Of Accra Ghana: Informant Interviews And Secondary Data Investigations," Research Papers 12747, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Tenure Center.
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