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These are all the laws governing natural resources in ghana, including ownership

LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Public Lands

ARTICLE 257
(1) All public lands in Ghana shall be vested in the President on behalf of, and in trust for, the people of Ghana.

(2) For the purposes of this article, and subject to clause (3) of this article, "public lands" includes any land which, immediately before the coming into force of this Constitution, was vested in the Government of Ghana on behalf of, and in trust for, the people of Ghana for the public service of Ghana, and any other land acquired in the public interest, for the purposes of the Government of Ghana before, on or after that date.

(3) For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that all lands in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana which immediately before the coming into force of this Constitution were vested in the Government of Ghana are not public lands within the meaning of clauses (1) and (2) of this article.

(4) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, all lands referred to in clause (3) of this article shall vest in any person who was the owner of the land before the vesting, or in the appropriate skin without further assurance than this clause.

(5) Clauses (3) and (4) of this article shall be without prejudice to the vesting by the Government in itself of any land which is required in the public interest for public purposes.

(6) Every mineral in its natural state in, under or upon any land in Ghana, rivers, streams, water courses throughout Ghana, the exclusive economic zone and any area covered by the territorial sea or continental shelf is the property of the Republic of Ghana and shall be vested in the President on behalf of, and in trust for the people of Ghana.

ARTICLE 258.
(1) There shall be established a Lands Commission which shall, in co-ordination with the relevant public agencies and governmental bodies, perform the following functions -

on behalf of the Government, manage public lands and any lands vested in the President by this Constitution or by any other law or any lands vested in the Commission;
advise the Government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas of Ghana to ensure that the development of individual pieces of land is co-ordinated with the relevant development plan for the area concerned;
formulate and submit to government recommendations on national policy with respect to land use and capability;
advise on, and assist in the execution of, a comprehensive programme for the registration of title to land throughout Ghana;
perform such other functions as the Minister responsible for lands and natural resources may assign to the Commission;

(2) The Minister responsible for lands and natural resources may, with the approval of the President, give general directions in writing to the Lands Commission on matters of policy in respect of the functions of the Commission and the Commission shall comply with the directions.

ARTICLE 259.
The Lands Commission shall consist of the following persons appointed by the President under article 70 of this Constitution -

(a) a chairman, who is neither a Minister of State nor a Deputy Minister;

(b) one representative each of the following bodies nominated in each case by the body concerned -

the National House of Chiefs;
the Ghana Bar Association;
the Ghana Institution of Surveyors;
each Regional Lands Commission;
the Department responsible for town and country planning;
the National Association of Farmers and Fishermen;
the Environmental Protection Council, and
the Ministry responsible for Lands and Natural Resources; and

(c) the Chief Administrator of the Lands Commission who shall be the Executive Secretary.

ARTICLE 260.
(1) The Lands Commission shall have a branch in each region to be known as a Regional Lands Commission for the performance of the functions specified in article 258 of this Constitution in respect of the region.

(2) The activities of all the Regional Lands Commissions shall be co-ordinated by the Lands Commission.

ARTICLE 261.
A Regional Lands Commission shall consist of the following persons appointed by the Minister responsible for lands and natural resources -

(a) a chairman who is neither a Minister of State nor a Deputy Minister;

(b) one representative each of the following bodies nominated in each case by the body concerned -

the National House of Chiefs;
the Ghana Bar Association;
the Ghana Institution of Surveyors;
each Regional Lands Commission;
the Department responsible for town and country planning;
the National Association of Farmers and Fishermen;
the Environmental Protection Council; and
the Ministry responsible for Lands and Natural Resources; and

(c) the Chief Administrator of the Lands Commission who shall be the Executive Secretary.

ARTICLE 260.
(1) The Lands Commission shall have a branch in each region to be known as a Regional Lands Commission for the performance of the functions specified in article 258 of this Constitution in respect of the region.

(2) The activities of all the Regional Lands Commissions shall b e co-ordinated by the Lands Commission.

ARTICLE 261.
A Regional Lands Commission shall consist of the following persons appointed by the Minister responsible for lands and natural resources -

(a) a chairman who is neither a Minister of State nor a Deputy Minister;

(b) a representative each of the following bodies in each case nominated by the body concerned -

the Regional House of Chiefs;
each District Assembly within the region; and
the Department responsible for town and country planning;

(c) a nominee of the Ghana Bar Association practising in the region;

(d) a nominee of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors practising in the region;

(e) the National Association of Farmers and Fishermen; and

(f) the Regional Lands Officer.

ARTICLE 262.
(1) Each Regional Lands Commission shall have a Regional Lands Officer.

(2) The Regional Lands Officer shall be a Member of and Secretary to the Regional Lands Commission.

ARTICLE 263.
A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a member of the Lands Commission or of a Regional Lands Commission other than the Executive Secretary and the Regional Lands Officer unless he is qualified to be a member of Parliament, except that for the avoidance of doubt, a person shall not be disqualified to be a member under this article by reason only of his being a public officer.

ARTICLE 264.
(1) The Chairman and members of the Lands Commission, and also, the Chairman and members of a Regional Lands Commission other than the Executive Secretary and the Regional Lands Officer shall hold office for four years and may be eligible for re-appointment.

(2) The office of the Chairman or a member of the Lands Commission or of a Regional Lands Commission other than the Executive Secretary and the Regional Lands Officer shall become vacant if -

he ceases to hold office under clause (1) of this article;
any circumstance arises that would cause him to be disqualified for appointment under article 263 of this Constitution;
he is removed from office by the President or, in the case of a member of a Regional Lands Commission, by the Minister responsible for lands and natural resources for inability to perform the functions of his office or for stated misbehaviour.

ARTICLE 265.
Except as otherwise provided in this constitution or in any other law which is not inconsistent with this Constitution, the Lands Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority, in the performance of its functions.

Ownership of land by Non-Citizens

ARTICLE 266.
(1) No interest in, or right over, any land in Ghana shall be created which vests in a person who is not a citizen of Ghana a freehold interest in any lan

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