The acting National Project Coordinator of the Land Administration Project (LAP), Mr Kofi Abakah-Blankson, has criticized outmoded customary practices and said they were discriminatory and tended to deny women title to land.

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He said this was unfair and must not be allowed to persist, they should be scrapped.
In an address read for him at a programme held at Ejisu to promote social accountability in two Customary Land Secretariats (CLSs) in the Ashanti Region ? Ejisu and Adankragya, he said no effort must be spared to make things right.
He gave the assurance that the unjust treatment of women together with the vulnerable in society would be tackled under the gender mainstreaming sub-component of phase two of the LAP.
He said the national project coordinating unit of LAP was promoting social accountability in the CLSs in line with the current global practice of participatory planning, where openness, transparency and accountability were recognized as critical to good governance and service delivery.
It is also ties in with the project?s development objective to decentralize land administration, anchored on the involvement of all parties.
The Government, World Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DEFAT-D) formerly Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) are jointly supporting the LAP.
Mr Abakah-Blankson said the need for gender mainstreaming had become even more urgent given the vital role of women play in the land administration system.
?Women constitute over 50 per cent of subsistence farmers in the country. They are also well over 50 per cent of the total population,? he said.
Nana Frimpong Afoakwa, Omanhene of Domeabra, appealed to his colleague chiefs to embrace the project to end land disputes in their traditional areas.
Nana Oppong Fre Nyam II, Omanhene of Adankragya and Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Queen of Ejisu, in their contribution pledged their support for the project.
They, however, called for increased public education to help the people to have better understanding and win their cooperation for the success of the project.

GNA

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