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Journalists enlighten citizens on land rights to secure and own

Jos Garneo Cephas, Land Reporter
Some of the Specialized Land Reporting Journalists completing training at one of the capacity-building sections held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Some of the Specialized Land Reporting Journalists completing training at one of the capacity-building sections held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

GBARNGA, LIBERIA-The USAID’s Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) has lauded the reportage of specialized Liberian Journalists for shifting the relevance of the Land Rights Bill, its benefits and the recognition of the rights of citizens to secure and own land in Liberia.

The Communication and Outreach Specialist of USAID-LGSA, Richlue Burphy, said:”USAID’S effort to specialize local journalists in the area of land reporting in one year has yielded result in impacting the creation of the Liberia Land Authority and awareness creation among citizens”.

Mr. Burphy also observed that the specialized performance of Journalists reporting on Land issues has also helped the Act against Criminal Conveyance of Land, and the Draft Land Rights Bill become laws through the National Legislature.

The USAID Communication and Outreach Specialist spoke to elbc.com at a two-day assessment and training engagement, held Tuesday, August 28-29, 2017 in Gbarnga, Bong County where more than forty-five journalists were certificated in Land Reporting.

The journalists numbering more than 45 came from across the country represented community Radios, newspapers and ELBC, the State Radio.

According to Mr. Murphy; “the Journalists must not allow their achievement to weaken them but must remain vigilant at the implementation stage of the Land Rights Bill, currently before the Liberian Senate for its final concurrence”.

Several communities’ members in Gbarnga, spoken to were abreast with the Land Rights Bill, its benefits and the Act Against the Criminal Conveyance of Land.

Most of the Bong Citizens also made special appeal to the Liberian Senate to pass the bill before their recess. 

 


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