land tenure systems in Nigeria


Land tenure is defined as the system of land ownership or acquisition by individual, family, community or government agency either for temporary or permanent use.

The land tenure system in West Africa varies with tribes, communities and states. It can be classified into the following groups:

  • Communal land tenure
  • Land tenure by inheritance
  • Leaseholdsystem
  • Land tenure by tenancy
  • Land tenure by purchase
  • Land tenure by purchase or freehold

Land tenure by free gift or pledge
Tenant at the will of government

Note: Land tenure by

  • Freehold system*
  • Leasehold system
    * Gift system
   * Tenant at the will of government inheritance system are collectively referred to as individual land tenure systems.
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