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Pres. Weah signs Land Rights Act into law

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President George Manneh Weah
President George Manneh Weah

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Manneh Weah has signed into law the land rights act and the local government act.

Speaking at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday, September 19, 2018, morning, President Weah said the two instruments are very crucial to the governance of the country.

The Liberian leader said:” To develop the country, the Liberian Government must do the right thing for the people of Liberia.”

He added that the two instruments are key components of all the programs being proposed by the government.

President Weah lauded the leadership and members of the National Legislature and partners of Liberia for their work on the two laws.

The Liberian Leader then expressed the hope that the people will now take ownership of their land and ensure that it brings economic dividends to their generations.

Also speaking, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, said the implementation of the laws will be sustainable because it is a Liberian-led process.

She said the move will have a transformative impact in the areas of agriculture, de-concentration of power and road connectivity which are key components of the Pro-Poor Agenda.
Besides, Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, said: “The signing of the Land Rights and Local Governance Acts have placed more responsibilities on local authorities across Liberia.”

Minister Sirleaf said they must work to ensure the two laws impart the livelihoods of their people.

He praised President George Weah, the US and Swedish Governments and other partners for their immense support.

Minister Sirleaf said their support has enabled the Liberian Government to achieve its decentralization program.

He described the signing as a clear indication that the CDC Led Government is focused on the ordinary people who will now have legal rights to the land.

Minister Sirleaf spoke Wednesday in Monrovia when President George Weah signed the two Acts into laws.

The Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Chiefs, Chief Zanzan Kawah, also expressed gratitude to President George Manneh Weah for signing the Land Rights Law into hand Bill under his Administration.

Chief Kawah said the passage of the Land Rights and the Local Government law for decentralization of governance laws by the Legislature during President Weah’s reign is laudable for the peace and development of the nation.

The Chairman of the Traditional Chiefs cautioned his colleagues to join hands and prioritize the protection and productivity in using the land to enhance the welfare and development of all Liberians.

According to him, the coming into force to elect Superintendents, Clan chiefs among others, should not give reason for disrespect of the House of Chiefs in the country, but called for   cooperation between government and the traditional Council.


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