17 March 2014

Liberia: Land Rights Forum Held in Kakata

Margibi — A one-day forum on land rights in Liberia was held Friday, March 14 at the Kakata City Hall in Margibi County. During the forum, a documentary film was shown to participants by the Land Commission Coordination Center (LCCC) in Kakata, in partnership with the Land Conflict Resolution Project (LCRP).

The program was intended to educate the public about the functions of the LCCC in Kakata, as well as the importance of the land rights policy document that has been introduced to the National Legislature for enactment into law.

The Communication Outreach Officer at the center, Roy Brown, called on the public to take advantage of the Land Coordination Center in Kakata, in helping to resolve land conflicts.

Mr. Brown said Margibi County is one of five counties that is land conflict prone and that this was the reason for opening of the LCCC in Kakata, Margibi County.

Making remarks at the program, Mr. Clarence Woodson, Administrative Assistant to the Margibi County Superintendent, said the one-day forum was "very timely" in that the county was burdened by many land disputes.

Mr. Woodson said there were so many land cases on the docket of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, that such public forum was needed to educate the people of Margibi County on the danger land conflicts pose to them.

He frowned on those engaged in double land sale, and called on them to desist from such unwholesome act and cultivate a more responsible approach to selling land to would-be buyers.

The program brought together students from various high schools in Kakata, civil society and the public, with many of the participants expressing delight at the program.

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