The Director of Newspapers at the Graphic Communications Group Limited and a legal practitioner,Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo,? has sparked journalists to consciously create platform?? in their medium to educate ignorance people on land related issues especially the Land Administration Project (LAP) and its functions.
He caution journalists who intend to inform and educate the people on land issues must themselves be informed and knowledgeable about the issues, events and topics they cover related to land issues.
Mr Ayeboafo hinted these when speaking at a closing of a two-day capacity building of? orienting for media personnel in some Ten Regions of Ghana in Accra.
An orientation, which formed part of the first in a series of capacity building for media practitioners was organised by the LAP under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
The journalists who participated in the capacity building were selected from Eastern, Western, Central, Volta and the Greater Accra Regions.
Mr Ayeboafo lamented that journalists who plan to report on land issues must also be knowledgeable in land laws, land administration systems, institutions which deal with land and the expertise available.
According to him, journalist must be willing to follow through the processes of getting accurate information and build strand that are interesting and attractive to readers to be more educative .
He said journalists who are skilful in interview could use their ability to ask relevant questions to get the necessary story to offer good perspectives, which make their reportage unique and effective people.
In her remarks,?Gender Desk Officer at LAP,?Mrs Sarah Antwi Boasiako,? who touched on the topic: ?Gender in land Administration,? stressed that the livelihoods of majority of women are closely linked to the land they occupy or use.
However, they hardly have tenure security or control over those lands.
Stressing that the customary laws on land ownership in Ghana are women unfriendly because access or use rights still hinges on the relationship with a male figure.
Mrs Antwi, explaining that no nation could economically empower women without improving in particular their access to land and property, which serves as a base for food production, income generation, access to credit and as a means of savings for the future benefits.
She said land is therefore a critical resource for women especially in the event that she becomes the household head as a result of migration by men, abandonment, divorce or death.
Added that women?s access to land is a human rights issue and must be supported by all to ensure equitable development, she lamented.
Source:?JOSEPH NANA YAW COBBINA
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