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WHAT DOES THE CONSTITUTION OF GHANA SAY ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE COUNTRY?

  • POSTED ON: April 27, 2016
  • AUTHOR: Editor
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slide2The 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana is made up of 26 chapters that guides the administration and management of citizens within the country. The chapter 21 of the constitution touches on the land and natural resources of the country.

In protecting the natural resources Article 268 and 269 has outline the following clauses below:

(1) Any transaction, contract or undertaking involving the grant of a right or concession by or on behalf of any person including the Government of Ghana, to any other person or body of persons howsoever described, for the exploitation of any mineral, water or other natural resource of Ghana made or entered into after the coming into force of this Constitution shall be subject to ratification by Parliament.

(2) Parliament may, by resolution supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the members of Parliament, exempt from the provisions of clause (1) of this article any particular class of transactions, contracts or undertakings.

Article 269.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, Parliament shall, by or under an Act of Parliament, provide for the establishment, within six months after Parliament first meets after the coming into force of this Constitution, of a Minerals Commission, a Forestry Commission, Fisheries Commission and such other Commissions as Parliament may determine, which shall be responsible for the regulation and management of the utilization of the natural resources concerned and the co-ordination of the policies in relation to them.

(2) Notwithstanding article 268 of this Constitution, Parliament may, upon the recommendation of any of the Commissions established by virtue of clause (1) of this article, and upon such conditions as Parliament may prescribe, authorize any other agency of government to approve the grant of rights, concessions or contract in respect of the exploitation of any mineral, water or other natural resource of Ghana.

CONCLUSION

The guardians of the constitution of Ghana together with stakeholders and active participation of citizens must strive to protect the natural resources of the country in order to realize the provisions made in constitution to ensure these resources are used to create wealth and reduce poverty.

Source: Penplusbytes

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