The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Executive Director Stanley N. Toe has welcomed the enactment of the Land Rights Act by the Legislature. Speaking recently, Mr. Toe said the Land Act is one in which all of the Liberian people irrespective socio-economic demographic status can be fully guaranteed their rights to own land and enjoy the benefits associated with land ownership.
Mr. Toe has extended thanks and appreciation to the members of the Legislature for the passage of the Act.
He notes that the issues of who owns rights in land and its associated resources have been a major problem since the establishment of Liberia in the 1800s.
At the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2003, he says it was noted that land conflicts and disputes were major contribution to the Liberia civil crisis that lasted for 14 years.Mr. Toe recognized the efforts of the former Land Commissioner, Governance Commissioner and stakeholders including the civil society working group for land rights that developed the land rights which were validated by the government and representatives of cross section of Liberian people in May 2013.
He said that the land rights policy establishes four categories of land rights which include the public land rights, government land rights, customary land rights, and private land rights.Mr. Toe discloses that the communities stand to benefit greatly from the implementation of Customary Land Rights Acts.
According to him, the Act provides opportunity for empowering rural community by allowing them to manage their land and land based resources so as to advance their economic growth and development.
He therefore says that there will be more incentives for investment especially from a land tenant perspective as well as high productivity as land moves from less efficient to more efficient production through sales and rented markets.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley