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Customary Land is traditional property –says LLA, CSOs

Jos Garneo Cephas-Development and Land Journalist
The Commissioner Designate for planning at the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), Atty. Adams Manobah
The Commissioner Designate for planning at the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), Atty. Adams Manobah

BOMI, LIBERIA-The Commissioner Designate for planning at the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), Atty. Adams Manobah, said Customary Land is inherited by tradition as a communal property and owns by community members.

Atty. Manobah, who facilitated the citizens’ forum said: “The intent of the LLA and the Land Rights Bill is not to deprive anyone’s right to own land.”

He told the participants that the function of the LLA will enhance a total control of land management, including planning and administration in fulfillment of the government’s objective to implement the provision of land to all categories of Liberians as a right to own land.

Commissioner Designate, Manobah, called on Liberians to develop the culture to reserve their Customary Land for the benefit of their children and wives future and for future dividend from investment and other usage of their land.

About eighteen Civil Society Working Group Thursday, on February 23, 2017 in Tubmanburg Bomi County, launched a round of educational forum to enhance a speedy passage of the Land Rights Bill.

The covering Grand Cape Mount and Garpolu Counties was meant to provide understanding amongst chief, women, and youth and security actors on Customary Land and other controversial components in the draft Land Rights Bill.

The Civil Society Working Group said the essence of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has provided a booster but unless the Legislature passes the Land Rights Bill into law, the implementation of land policy remains incomplete and bleak.

Some of the participants in attendance at the Bomi Forum.

Speaking on behalf of the CSOs Working Group was the Executive Director of Rights and Rice Foundation, James Yarsiah; he said they are collaborating with government to ensure the passage and proper implementation of land policy in the country.

The participant, in separate statements particularly the security actors including the chief and youth commended the LLA and the CSOs for the education and called on their Legislatures to help secure their children future by passing the Land Rights Bill into land.

The Land Rights Bill was crated between the years 2008 to 2009 and continues to experience several reviews from the Executives, civil society and stakeholders including the Legislature.

Currently the presented bill still remains before the Legislature and when passed will guarantee the right to land for all citizens of Liberia.

 


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