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Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., pledges government’s commitment to make sure land-owners and squatters have legal titles to their land.

Minister Tweah describes land issue as a critical challenge in Liberia and remains a major concern for the government.

Speaking at the official launch of the Digitization of Government Systematic Land Titling project on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Clara Town football field on Bushrod Island, he said, “The Government of Liberia is here to ensure you are protected legally to have your land. We are not here to take your land from you; nobody is taking your land.’’

Tweah reiterates that government is concerned about ongoing land conflicts across the country, so it has embarked on bringing solutions to people who own land by recognizing and giving them legal titles to their properties.

However, he explains the digitization of government processes and systematic land titling is a pilot project that seeks to digitize land registration for Liberians.

He urges authorities at the Land Authority to use the project to begin formal titling and deeding of properties owned by Liberians who are considered “squatters”.

Medici Land Governance was introduced to the Liberia Land Authority, following a successful engagement held in Washington, D.C. by Minister Tweah.

The launch of the project brought together scores of government officials from line ministries and agencies, including development partners.

By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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