LLA & UNDP Conclude 3 Days Awareness & Sensitization Workshop In Bong

The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has concluded a three-day awareness and sensitization campaign workshop on Public Land in Gbarnga, Bong County

The workshop, which was held under the theme ‘Securing Public Land for Economic Development’, was aimed at minimizing land degradation by basing land use on its capability for future development.

Speaking to the Press, the Commissioner for Land Policy, cllr. Kulah L. Jackson said securing public land for economic development cannot only supports development initiatives but also encourages sustainability and fosters economic growth, leading to improvements in living standards.

He said the appropriate adaptation measures and mitigation efforts can protect land for livelihoods and infrastructure on the country’s agriculture economy.

The Land Policy Commissioner, admonished participants to apply the knowledge gained from the three-day exercise, adding local authorities who attended the workshop should understand the significance of acquiring and managing Public Land.

Commissioner Jackson further called on citizens, who are involved in occupying public lands without title deed, to report to the LLA for consultation in order to avoid potential land conflict.

For her part, the commissioner with the oversight of Land Use and Management at the LLA Commissioner Ellen O. Pratt said the workshop was vital because since the LLA was established in October of 2016 and with the subsequent passage of the Land Rights Act of 2018, not many people know the workings of the LLA.

Madam Pratt said the workshop allows participants to know “the four different categories of land ownership, to recognize the customary land rights, strengthening ownership rights and management for women”, among others.

She said the workshop was intended to inform local authorities on the categories of land as enshrined in the Land Rights Act of 2018 with a specific focus on public land and to ensure that local authorities properly manage public land in keeping with the Land Rights Act of 2018.

Commissioner Pratt said the awareness workshop was meant to curtail and abate the haphazard sale of Public Land, noting allegedly by some local authorities and other individuals; to also strengthen communities’ information capacities in the implementation of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the role of the communities in safeguarding Public Land.

Meanwhile, Bong County Superintendent Esther Y. Walker, who also attended the exercise, extolled the LLA and partners for the workshop and said it will help to abate the sale of public land allegedly by some local authorities and their turncoats.

She said some relevant topics that are was discussed include, gender equality, and land rights, understanding the institutional and organizational arrangements of the LLA, including county land offices and Land Boards.

“The importance of public land and how the communities can assist in managing and safeguarding this category of land for future use and meanings and distinction between the four categories of land under the Land Rights Act of 2018,” Walker said.

The workshop brought together judicial actors, civil society organizations, representatives from the Liberia Land Authority, the local Land Commissioners as well as local surveyors of Bong County.

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