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Retreat for ‘One Message, One Law’ for working of Land Rights Law

Jos Garneo Cephas
Representation of  a nation-wide participant at the  Gbarga City retreat  of Land Working CSOs and Specialized groups and Donors.
Representation of a nation-wide participant at the Gbarga City retreat of Land Working CSOs and Specialized groups and Donors.

GBARNGA, LIBERIA -The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) is calling for financial support for the full implementation of the new Land Rights Law.

The Authority wants Government provide initial funding while awaiting assistance from donor organizations.

The call was made Monday, February 25, 2019 in Gbarnga, Bong County at a week-long retreat of CSOs Land Right Working Groups to adopt special messages for the implementation of the new Land Rights Law. The retreat is expected to end March 1, 2019.

Speaking at the official opening of the retreat, The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Acting Chairman, Adams Manuba, lauded donor organizations for supportinggovernment’s efforts toward the implementation of the new Land Rights Law.

Attorney Manuba also lauded donor organizations for sponsoring the more than 30 Civil Society Land Rights Working Groups to adopt the messages on the theme, ‘One Message, One Law,’ to ensure the Law’s full implementation.

The week-long retreat, according to one of the organizing CSOs, Liberia Reform Movement (LRM) Executive Director, Alphonso Henneries,“ is intended to prepare county representatives and  the 30 working groups to begin public awareness on the initiative”.

Henneries said the objective of the CSOs retreat is to create apace for learning and dialogue that provides opportunity for the different stakeholders in tenure governance at various levels to discuss and identify relevant messages to pass onto communities in carrying out awareness on the Land Right Act.

“The retreat will also take stock of the progress made, discuss potential solution to identify challenges, as well as highlight priority areas for training for protecting and defending communities’ land rights and improving governance in relation to the land and forest of communities”, said the LRM Boss.

Also making remark at the gathering, Landesa’s Country Director, Dr. Emmanuel Urey, renewed his organization’s commitment to supportingthe implementation of the new Land Rights law.

Dr. Urey called on civil society organizations (CSOs) to rally around their Legislators for their support. For his part, FAO Representative at the Gbarnga retreat, Kolly Allison, promised his organization’s willingness to help identify some bottle-necks that are hindering the Law’s implementation and to devise strategies to resolve such bottle-necks.

While, the USAID-Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) Media Specialist, Richlue Burphy, reaffirmed his organization’s continued support to the Land Rights Policy and to the new law’s implementation.

Some international donors and national partners and implementing CSOs include; the LLA, CAFOD, Weit hunger hilife the National Civic Society Council of Liberia, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Rights and Rice Foundation(RRF) among other. 

 


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