The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Land Commission Dep. Warns Against Sale of Public Land

The Vice Chairman of the Land Commission has issued stern warning on those selling public lands in the face of the Moratorium placed by Government. Mr. Walter Wisner disclosed that constant reports reaching the Land Commission reveal that some Resident Land Commissioners, Surveyors, District Commissioners, Mayors and other local authorities are in the constant habit of selling public land without regard to the Moratorium.

Vice Chairman Wisner warned those violating the Moratorium to desist otherwise they risk being prosecuted in keeping with law.

The Land Commission Vice Chairman called on surveyors who are involved in selling and surveying the same parcel of land to two or more persons, and termed them as "crooks". He also warned buyers to exercise due diligence before buying land so as not to fall prey to crooks masquerading as land owners.

"This unscrupulous act should stop so that our people can buy land in peace without fear, otherwise, those involved will be recommended to the Ministry of Justice" for prosecution, Hon Wisner warned.

Dep. Commissioner Wisner spoke today at the Monrovia City Hall during day two of the Regional Consultative Meeting on the Draft Land Rights Policy.

In February 2010, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued a Moratorium on the Sale of all Public Land and constituted an eleven-man screening committee, chaired by the Land Commission to vet allPublic Land Deeds in the country.

The President indicated that the Moratorium was an Interim Measure to give the Land Commission the time needed to develop policies, propose legal reform and establish guidelines and procedures for effecting Public Land Sales.

To date, the Land Commission has vetted more than 50 public land sale deeds and submitted them to the President for signature.

The Land Rights Policy Consultative meeting for urban Montserrado will close on Wednesday to be followed by other regional consultations to be held in Buchanan, Zwedru, Harper and Gbarnga.

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