She was speaking at a three-day forum on the Constitutional Review Process in Makeni with the National Council of Paramount Chiefs funded by UNIPSIL.
Paramount Chief Gberie commended the Constitutional Review Commission for involving the institution of Paramount Chiefs, but expressed grave concern over the number of female paramount chiefs and women representation in various institutions in the country.
Madam Gberie revealed that there are fourteen women Paramount Chiefs in the country out of 149 chiefdoms. She suggested that it should be embedded in the new constitutional that Northern Sierra Leone should allow women to become Paramount Chiefs. She said men and Women should have the right to the throne and this should be taken into consideration during the review process.
The Northern Regional Chairman Council of Paramount Chiefs, Bai Shebora Kasanga II of Shebora Chiefdom Bombali said, the constitution was the national Bible and Quran for all Sierra Leoneans. He said Chiefs belonged to one of the most important institutions in the country.
Chief Kasanga said that to be a Paramount Chief one has to belong to a ruling house adding that they are ready to face a debate, face the critics and the populace to listen to what they will say regarding chieftaincy.
Paramount Chief of Paki Masabong Chiefdom, Masapaki Ka Bonbong the Third said that to ensure the full involvement of paramount chiefs in the review process, the committee should think of increasing their number from one representative to at least three so that each region would have one representative.
On the involvement of women in the chieftaincy election in the northern region, he said that was purely traditional, adding that it should be a gradual process.
In admonished the paramount chiefs, Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee Justice Edward Cowan said, traditional rulers have an important role to play in the development of the country and the review was one of them.