2 May 2013

Liberia: Land Commission Chairman Speaks On Draft of the First Land Rights Policy for Liberia

On the latest version of the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) outdoor public interactive forum, "THE DIALOGUE", Land Commission Chairman, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, has said the draft of the first Land Rights Policy for Liberia seeks to define proper land ownership in the Country.

Dr. Brandy told THE DIALOGUE that the draft Land Rights Policy now on hand for validation came out of vigorous process of cross country consultations on broad intentions to reform the land sector. He said the draft land rights policy is the first of four clusters of the land reform process. He named the other three as Land Administration, Land Use and Management policies. All these, according to him, are rising out of tedious and engaging national consultative efforts.

On the key question of land ownership Dr. Brandy said the consultations on the Land Rights Policy brought out three lines of ownership, Public, Private and Customary. The three, Dr. Brandy said have featured high but he added that the people are the real owners of land in Liberia.

To this extent Chairman Brandy said the Draft Land Rights Policy will be tested at a two-day National validation conference in Monrovia slated for mid May, following which the draft policy will be handed over to president for onward presentation to the Legislature for possible enactment into law.

The latest edition of "THE DIALOGUE" with Dr. Brandy is the first in a set of media campaign activities including outdoor public forums to be conducted by the LMDI for the land Commission with support from the Commission's Partners. This first of the LMDI/Land Commission special series of media and community outreach visibility activities is now being broadcast on the LMDI partner Network of 45 electronic Media Outlets across Liberia.

The LMDI seeks support from well meaning Liberians and international friends alike to work in mitigating conflict this rather potentially explosive conflict sector of our country.

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