23 January 2013

Liberia: Lawmaker Against 'Dubious, Illegal' Land Sale

Montserrado County District # 11Representative, Gabriel Nyenka, has said the issue of land remains pivotal to the peace, stability and development of Liberia. Rep. Nyenka said the issue of land tenure is a source of conflict in every in every part of the world and Liberia is not an exception to this.

The Montserrado County lawmaker made these comments on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the start of a three-day public consultation on the draft Land Rights Policy. The three-day consultation is being organized by the Land Commission (LC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In a bid to solving many of the land conflicts, Rep. Nyenka pointed out that he will sponsor a bill at the Capitol Building that will make dubious and illegal land sales a non-billable offense in the country. The Capitol Building is the seat of the Liberian Legislature.

Rep. Nyenka, who lauded the LC for the draft policy, also noted that such policy is belated for a country like Liberia which is more than century old. "I want to say it here clearly that as a representative of my colleagues (lawmakers), we are anxious to see this draft policy. We are prepared to pass any law that has to do with land right with a jet speed," he said.

"In the soonest possible time, I will introduce and sponsor a bill that will make dubious and illegal land sales a non-billable offense in the country. I believe this will to curtail some of the irregularities that we have in our country with regard to land sales," he stated.

Speaking further, the District # 11 lawmaker called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to exert every effort in making sure that the works of the LC are not in vain. He also called on government to carefully and properly study all concession agreements before they can be signed.

Failure to do this, he expressed fear that ordinary Liberians might sooner or later live in slums.

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