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What is Stool?

A stool refers to that wooden/skin or metal structure that serve as the symbol of authority and embodiment of the spirit of the people. It is the structure which a chief or queen is made to sit on at the time of enstoolment to signify the he or she has been properly enstooled.

2. Relates to the office of the Chief, the entire Office of the Chief and the leadership.

3. Refers to the community that identify itself as being one, with a common cultural and traditional philosophy, sharing common destiny and led by a chief.

What is Stool Land?

Stool Land includes any land or interest in, or right over, any land controlled by a stool or skin, the head of a particular community or the captain of a company, for the benefit of the subjects of that stool or members of that community or company.

Stool Land is therefore;

1. The conglomeration of all lands occupied and used by subjects (citizen) of the stool community.

2. All lands that the members of the stool community, acquired through conquest, hunting or pioneering occupation.

3. The extent of the stool land is defined by the boundaries of all the lands occupied and in possesion of members of the stool community.

Vested Stool Lands?

Section 7 and 10 of the Administration of Lands Act 1962 (Act 123), give the President the power to vest anyStool Lands in the state for the benefit of the people of Ghana.

By vesting action the state takes over the exclusive right to manage lands and this managerial function is performed by the Public and Vested Lands Management Division (PVLMD) of the Lands Commission. The Stools, however, retain the beneficial interest in the land. This therefore creates a trust relationship between the Government and the Stool.


Abunu is a form of share cropping where the proceeds of the farm is shared in equal proportion between the farmer and the landowner. The landlord provides the land and some of the inputs while the farmer provides labour and some of the inputs.

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Abusa is a form of share cropping arrangement where the proceeds from the farm is shared in the proportion of one-third (1/3) to two-thirds (2/3) to either the landowner or the farmer (tenant) depending on whoever provided capital inputs (such as farm implements, seeds, fertilizers, etc) for the cultivation of the farm.

How is disbursement of revenue done?

The disbursement of such revenues by law

  • 10% administrative charge retained by the office
  • 25% – Stools
  • 20% –  Traditional Authorities
  • 55%  – District Assembly