The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and his wife Lady Julia, have been presented with copies of the book titled,“Contemporary Trends in the Law of Immovable Property in Ghana”.
The book, authored by a legal practitioner, Mr Yaw D. Oppong, is concerned primarily with the relationships which exist between persons who hold, inter alia, interest in title to or rights over immovable property such as land that are capable of ownership under a law in force at any one time.
The Otumfuo’s Okomferehene, Oheneba Akwasi Abayie (aka Lovelace Prempeh), led the author to present copies of the book to the Asantehene and his wife at this year’s maiden Akwasidae festival at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi last Sunday.
The book was edited by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, while the foreword and commendation were by Justice Jones Dotse, a Justice of the Supreme Court, and Professor Justice Date-Bah, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, respectively.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu commended the author for the publication, describing it as a worthy book.
He said the book provided a more enhanced appreciation of customary law pertaining to acquisition, alienation and settlement of disputes arising from ownership of land in Ghana.
Aside from the presentation to the Asantehene and his wife, the author also donated a number of copies of the book to be stocked at the Manhyia Museum, where one could access it, and also serve as a bedrock foundation for posterity.
Mr Oppong is a senior lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, and the KNUST branch of that School and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.
In an interview with the author, he noted that though the book was yet to be launched, so far over 1,000 copies, in hard copy, have been disposed of across the globe.
He expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Otumfuo Osei Tutu for his wise counsel, and the entire traditional authority for the active roles they continued to play in settling disputes arising from the acquisition of immovable property in Ghana.
In the commendation, Professor Justice Date-Bah attested that the book contained intriguing and informative discussions of issues beyond those usually dealt with in a book on immovable property.
He said the approach adopted by the author entailed forays into areas of the law beyond the traditional conception of immovable property law.