21 January 2013

Liberia: Let Us Support the Land Reform Initiative


The Land Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs will host the second in a series of public consultations on the draft Land Rights Policy. According to press release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, the Montserrado County Consultative meeting takes place at the Monrovia City Hall from January 22 - 24.

It will bring together the Superintendent and Development Superintendent of Montserrado County, City Mayors, Township Commissioners, Resident Land Commissioner, County Surveyor, Tribal Governors, Community Leaders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the land sector.

The Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil Brandy, said these consultations are aimed at gathering opinions from Liberians on key issues and recommendations that are in the draft Land Rights Policy Statement. He said the formulation of a land rights policy for Liberia and land law reform is a major purpose of the Land Commission which requires intensive consultations at home and abroad.

The Land Commission, the press release among other things added, is holding these consultative meetings to be followed by a National Validation Conference to obtain suggestions from the Liberian people on the contents of the draft Land Rights Policy Statement and get approval and support from the public before the policy document is finalized.

For us, we wholeheartedly embrace the hosting of the second in a series of public consultations on the draft Land Rights Policy by the Land Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs. We believe the Montserrado County Consultative meeting could not have come no better time than when there are growing issues of land disputes.

The growing issues of land rights, administration, management, sale, possession, occupancy, control and distribution had and continue to pose major challenges for a peaceful postwar Liberia. It is very important for all of us to support the land reform initiative because it seeks to maintain perpetual peace and stability in our beloved country, following years of civil conflict.

This is why we embrace the Montserrado County Consultative Meeting with all of our hearts. We encourage all of our compatriots to also do likewise. Without collective support, we believe, this fine land reform campaign will not be a success. To this end, we commend all those behind this campaign and wish them well in the execution of this nation driven task.

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