01October2014

News in Ghana

Women advised to participate in land administration to reduce poverty

Women in the country, especially those in the northern region have been advised to show interest in land administration.

This according to gender advocates will protect their interest as well as reduce poverty among women. 

This came to light at the orientation forum for Northern Regional House of Chiefs in Tamale.

Northern Regional Minister, San Nasamu Asabigi urged traditional authorities to be patient in land administration to allow due process to be followed.

He said “land administration is a very difficult and challenging process. I will like to appeal to the traditional authorities who are the custodians of the land that one way to make this process a success is patience. We need to listen to land administrators because when we have a weakness in land administration, abuses set in”.

 A social Development and Gender specialist of Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) Saah Antwi-Boasiako in an interview with Gold News encouraged queen mothers in the Northern Region to form associations like their colleagues in the Central Region to enable them advocate for their rights in land administration in their respective jurisdictions.

She also said “women constitute more than 50 percent of our population but they are hardly consulted when it comes to land issues and decision making. Women’s access to land will reduce poverty because they can initiate subsistence farming to feed the family”.

Source: Radio Gold Newsroom || Valentina Ofori Afriyie