The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, last year, mobilized a total of Ghs100 million in stool land revenue, a quantum leap from the 2016 figure of Ghs8.4 million.
The Office was created to help enhance stool land revenue mobilization and disbursement. It is also there to facilitate sustainable development and efficient management of stool lands for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Ten (10) percent of whatever revenue it rakes in is retained by the office for administrative work, 25 percent is allocated to the stool through the traditional authority, while 20 percent is given to the traditional authority and 55 percent to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
The National House of Chiefs, however, wants the disbursement formula reviewed. Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, Omanhene of Sefwi-Anhwiaso, and President of the House, is asking that the traditional council’s share of the revenue should go up.
The basis of this demand is that the chiefs have not only been supporting education in their communities but that their people also look up to them for development.
Not everybody, especially in the Ashanti Region, however agrees with that. Many in the region would want the chieftaincy institution scrapped, given the manner, the chiefs have been grabbing lands, selling and keeping the money to themselves in complete disregard for the law.
Part of the money accruing from the sale of land to developers is required by law to go to family occupying the land. Part should also go into community development while the stool must also have a part of it.
Strangely, this is not what the people are seeing in their communities. The call for an upward review of what the chiefs are getting is not something the people in the region, with the largest stool lands, support. They would rather want to see the share of the assemblies raised. The Administrator of Stool Lands, Maame Ama Edumadze-Acquah, at the silver jubilee celebration of the Office in Kumasi, said a lot of progress had been made over the period.
They now have presence in 104 districts in eight of the 16 regions of the country. Added to these, were another 10 satellite offices for the management and stool land revenue collection.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, said illegal gold mining had massively destroyed stool lands and invited chiefs to give strong support to the fight to end the destruction of the country’s forests, farmlands and water bodies.
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