Queen Mothers in the Greater Accra Region are up in arms against their male counterparts for what they describe as the ‘mess, confusion, fraud and disputes’ associated with land sales and transactions in the country.
The Queen Mothers are also angry for the fact that Chiefs do not involve them in land transactions and have vowed to fight for their rights as tradition and modernity demands in ensuring that there is sanity and fair play in land administration in the country.
Contributing to a Capacity Building Seminar for Queens and female Chiefs in the Greater Accra Region organized by the Project Coordinating Unit of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) at Dodowa , the Queens with one voice called on Law Enforcement Agencies to arrest Chiefs instead of Land Guards.
They said the menace of Land Guards in the country and especially in the Greater Accra Region would be a thing of the past if Chiefs who patronized the services of the Land Guards were arrested instead of the Guards.
The Queens bemoaned customary and cultural practices which delegated more power Chiefs than Queens in the administration of land and the fact that the inheritance system in the country also discriminated against the Queens.
Mrs. Sarah Antwi-Boasiako, the Social Development and Gender Specialist of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) informed the Queen Mothers that the Project is designed to empower women and to mainstream gender into the land administration tenure in the country.
She said the current situation which denies title and ownership of land to women who produce over 80 percent of food in the country and also form over 51 percent of the population ought to be seriously reconsidered to ensure fundamental human rights and justice.
Mrs. Antwi-Boasiako said it was for these and other related reasons that LAP-2 with the active support of the World Bank, the Government of Ghana and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has embarked on a major onslaught in bringing women up-to-speed on land administration in the country.