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Customary Tenancy and Sustainable Post COVID-19 Agricultural Development in Nigeria

Busari Morufu Salawu (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
Mujidat Olabisi Salawudeen (Osun State of Education, Nigeria)
Maimunat Dunmade Salawudeen (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)

Entrepreneurship and Post-Pandemic Future

ISBN: 978-1-80117-903-4, eISBN: 978-1-80117-902-7

Publication date: 3 March 2022


This chapter appraised customary tenancy and Post COVID-19 agricultural development in Nigeria. In doing this, it discussed customary tenancy as an incident of customary tenure and the impact of Land Use Act 1978 in its evolutionary trend as a sustainable means of accessing land for long term agricultural business in Nigeria. The study made use of socio-legal research methodology involving doctrinal research method and an analysis of social context for information gathering. The primary source of law included the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as altered); the Land Use Act 1978 and related statutes as well as judicial precedents. The secondary sources included books, journal articles, conference proceedings, magazines, newspapers and the internet. The outcome of the study indicated that customary tenancy was a recognized method of accessing land for agriculture on long term basis among many ethnic groups in Nigeria, including but are not limited to Yoruba of Southwest and the Igbo of Southwest, Nigeria. That the method was predominantly used for agricultural purposes, and in agricultural communities. Third, that the Land Use Act 1978 did not stop the customary land practice, but rather recognized and encouraged its use through customary right of occupancy. Fourth, customary tenancy was found to have promoted access to land resources and reduction of tension and bitter acrimonies which could have been attendant to request for land resources in rural communities. It was recommended that efforts should be made by Governors who are trustees under the LUA to use their powers in the interest of the people and that reforms be undertaken to resolve latent contradictions in the Act. It was concluded that customary tenancy should be harnessed for sustainable Post COVID – 19 land use in Nigeria.



Salawu, B.M., Salawudeen, M.O. and Salawudeen, M.D. (2022), "Customary Tenancy and Sustainable Post COVID-19 Agricultural Development in Nigeria", Eniola, A.A. (Ed.) Entrepreneurship and Post-Pandemic Future, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 143-164.



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