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ENUMERATORS OF CUSTOMARY LAW PROJECT ATTEND TRAINING

 A 10-day training programme for Regional Research Coordinators, Regional Liaison Officers Enumerators of the Ascertainment of Customary Law (ACP) Project is being held at Somanya in the Eastern Region as part of preparatory activities for the project’s field research component.
 
The training programme is intended to equip field staff of the (ACP) with the requisite skills and knowledge in the various techniques to ensure the successful execution of the field research work which is due to start soon.
 
The skills and knowledge include familiarizing participants with some substantive issues of customary land law and family law, providing questionnaire administration and using other research techniques.
 
The participants will be trained in pre-testing of the various research instruments in the selected 20 traditional areas covered under the initial stage of the project.
 
Mr. Justice Prof. A. K. P Kludze, co-chairman of the Joint Steering Committee of the project, said the project represents the very first initiative taken towards the fulfillment of the constitutional mandate given to the National House of Chiefs in Article 272(b) of the “to undertake the project study, interpretation and codification of customary law with the view to evolving, in appropriate cases, a unified system of rules of customary law.”
 
It is a joint research project established by the National House of chiefs and the Law of Reform Commission, with the support from the Good Governance Programme of the Germany Development Cooperation (GTZ).
 
Mr. Justice Kludze said that the project would initially involved collection of data in selected 20 traditional areas from all the 10 regions of the country, using a comprehensive questionnaire with other research methods, analysis of data collected, harmonization of the different versions of customary law rules ascertained, validation of the harmonized principle, and statement or declaration of the principle.
 
He noted that land transactions in Ghana were beset with conflicts between the customary practices norms and usage and the formal statutory prescriptions.
 
He observed that lands owned by stools, skins, clans and families constituted about 80 per cent of all lands in Ghana, supporting the livelihoods of the majority of the population.
 
Also, chieftaincy successions and practices were rooted in customary law and most marriages were fully or partly based on customary law.
 
He however, lamented that even though customary law remained an important source of law in Ghana, what constituted customary law in a particular community was not always clear. There was, therefore the need to ascertain and document the rules of customary law governing family issues in the various communities.
 
Mr. Justice Kludze said that great cost savings and benefits were likely to accrue from the reduction or elimination of protracted and costly chieftaincy and land disputes which were generated mainly by conflicting accounts of customary law practices.

Others at the opening ceremony included Mr. Justice N. S. Gbadegbe, member of the Joint Steering Committer of the ACL Project, Nene Kla gbordjor Animle V, paramount chief of Osudoku; Mrs Sheila Minta Premoh, Executive Secretary of ACL Project, Ms. Lillian Bruce Lyle, Chief Director, Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, and Mr. Thomas Tagoe, National Research Coordinator, ACL Project.

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                   The Ghanaian Times         page16         Thursday, September 4, 2008    
 
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