From E. Varney Kamah | GNN Correspondent In Maryland County*
As the first ever nationwide awareness campaign on the dissemination of information on the Land Rights Act (LRA) and the LLA Act continues in the Southeastern part of Liberia by the LLA Awareness Team headed by Emmanuel Chedeh Davis, Communication and Outreach Officer; local government officials, including youths and women groups in the county has embraced the team’s efforts in the county.
According to the Communication Director Emmanuel C. Davis said the awareness is the first since H. E. Dr. George M. Weah signed and passed the Land Rights Act into law in 2018, through the Act that established the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) that was passed in 2016.
Speaking to Mr. Davis, he said it is now time for Liberians to know the importance of the LLA Act and the Land Rights Act in Liberia. He also said that the awareness activities held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties clearly demonstrated that the people have long been waiting, and were really in need of the information.
He further praised the World Bank, and the Board of Commissioners headed by Hon. Atty. J. Adams Manobah, local government officials, and staff of the LLA operating within the counties for their supports. The Communication and Outreach Officer of the LLA said that the LLA is optimistic that at the end of this unprecedented nationwide campaign, Liberians across the fifteen counties of Liberia will be informed, educated and sensitised of their rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the two laws. According to him, the successful completion of the activities will enhance and promote national development and economic empowerment throughout the country, thereby, minimizing land disputes in the country.
“However, since the passage of the LLA Act, the Act gives the Liberia Land Authority the right to register all land deeds in the country, and as well regulate, and implement programs and actions in support of land governance, land use, land administration and, the Land Rights Act which was passed in 2018 has given birth to four categories of land in Liberia, namely; Private Land, Government Land, Public Land, and Customary Land. Mr: Davis explained to reporters.
Meanwhile, several communities in Harper district, including East Harper Community, Airport Community, Stadium Community, Rock Town Community, Middle Town Community, Fish Town Community, Little Wlebo Community, Bassa Community, and Huffman Community in Maryland County, which includes schools have benefited from the awareness campaign. The team is expected to travel to Pleebo/Sodoken and Karluway districts respectively.
The first ever nationwide awareness campaign on the Land Rights Act and the LLA Act is expected to end in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County on the 18th of April, 2021.
Many residents and citizens of Maryland County joyfully appreciated the effort of the LLA.