Be resilient and a problem solver – Professor Bugri

Emmanuel Todd, GNA

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA –
Professor John T. Bugri, Professor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) urged grandaunts of the Network of Excellence on Land
Governance in Africa (NELGA) short course to be resilient problem solvers.

The week long short
course: “The Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa”, was attended by
41 students selected from 16 West African countries under the accreditation of
the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa in collaboration with KNUST,

The graduation
ceremony was held in Accra on Friday after the first two which were held in
South Africa and Zanzibar, Tanzania.

He said every little
solution counted and that they were likely to be confronted with daunting and
seemingly insurmountable challenges especially in the political realm but
should apply the knowledge they had acquired from the course to bring changes
in their respective 

Prof Bugri advised
them to remain disciplined as they had been through the course for it was a
prerequisite for success in all ventures of life, much more their respective
work organisations.

He said the
partnership and successful graduation of the 3rd badge of the
programme was a manifestation of the Universities Core Values “leadership in
innovation and technology, culture of excellence, diversity and equal
opportunity for all and stewardship of resources.

He said this was an
important step towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals to which
land and natural resources had direct or indirect contributions.

He commended the
German Development Cooperation and the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC)
Ethiopia, for the needed financial resources to leverage on the formation of
NELGA and providing the platform for the realization of the concept.

Professor Ruth Hall,
Professor from Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies PLAAS, UWC,
South Africa, said that some of the topics covered in the course included
precolonial and colonial histories of land in Africa and the land tenure
systems it produced best practices in land policy and land law in Africa, Land
Administration, Land Corruption and land based conflict, women’s land rights,
and natural resource assess and management.

She said the course
introduced participants to Africa and Global land policy guidelines and explore
how policy makers have and can draw such frame works to craft more robust land
policy in support of broad based development in Africa.

Professor Moenieba
Isaacs, Professor from Institute (PLAAS), UWC, South Africa, said that
participants of the course were selected from the academia, civil society,
governance and business out of 2000 applicants.

She said the
grandaunts were equipped with the ability to address challenges been faced in
the social, economic and political dimensions of land governance and bring
change in their countries where land and resources posed continual challenges.

She said they were
tasked to write dissertation of 2000 words on challenges on land governance,
they also took a field trip to the Keta Lagoon as a case study of where land
governance and resource could be improved.

She said student
were required to submit a site report after the trip on challenges they
observed and possible solutions.

Professor Isaacs
said students were finally made to give presentations on how they were going to
implement what they had studied over the week to impact their various
communities, countries and Africa at Large.

Other professors who
facilitated the course were Professors Dzodzi Tsikata and Kojo Amanor of the Institute
of African Studies, Mamadou Goita of the University of Bamako in Mali and Dr
Yao Graham from the Third World Network, Ghana.