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Govt resolves longstanding Nimba land dispute

By Ferricks Dainsee
One of the crisis scene during the fight for land in Nimba
One of the crisis scene during the fight for land in Nimba

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-The Liberian government says it has finally resolved the long-standing land crisis in Nimba County in Central Liberia.

Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Administration, Varney Sirleaf, made the disclosure Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at a news conference in Monrovia.

“The Ministry was instructed by the President to settle claims made by property owners in the land dispute as recommended by the Musa Bility Committee,” Minister Sirleaf said.

“AS a result of this, government made available over 40 million Liberian dollars to settle claims based on the durability and property value to commensurate with the payment,” he emphasized.

According to Minister Sirleaf, property owners, who benefited from the government’s claim payment scheme in Nimba County as a result of the land dispute, came from Ganta, Sanniquellie, Saclepea and Bahn.

Reports say Government’s intervention followed a long- standing land crisis between the Mandingoes on the one hand, and Gios and Manos on the other, in Nimba County prior and after the Liberian war.

In a related development, the Liberian Leader ALSO INSTRUCTED THE Ministry of Internal Affairs to work along with Cllr. Alfred Brownell of Green Advocate in to settle the land dispute between Golden Veroleum and citizens of Butor in Sinoe.

“Modality has been worked out for the Butor citizens and the company to sign a memorandum of understanding to commence the expansion of the project in Sinoe County.

 


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