By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, April 21 (LINA) – Chairman Cecil T. O. Brandy of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has described as « untrue » perception in some quarters of the public that unless the 2014 Land Rights Bill is passed, the LLA cannot do anything about land administration.
« There is a lot of popular belief that without the passage of the Land Rights Bill, there is no work for the Land Authority to do, » he said at a recent signing ceremony at the World Bank Country office in Congo Town.
With funding from the International Development Association, the World Bank on April 19 provided a US$7 million grant to the Liberia Land Administration Project.
The amount is to strengthen the institutional capacity to establish a land administration system.
Chairman Brandy said without the passage of the bill, the LLA has huge amount of work ranging from bidding, archiving of records as well as all of the functions require under the land administration.
He noted that when all of the functions under the land administration are in place, they will facilitate the actualization of the Land Rights Bill when passed.
Some civil society groups have warned that if the historic land rights bill is not passed the country could be plunged back into conflict.
The National Legislature received the bill protecting community land rights in 2014, but has since been silent on the subject, leaving some citizens to believe that the bill will not be passed anytime soon.
Records show that more than two-thirds of Liberia’s land is held under customary tenure.
The Land Rights Bill is a proposed law that seeks to establish authentic procedures and well organized processes for land acquisition, use, management and administration in the country.