At long last, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has approved and signed into law, the much talked about Liberia Land Authority Act, which was submitted by the Legislature in September for her approval, a release from the Interim Land Taskforce has said.
According to the release, the Act was approved by the President on October 5, and subsequently printed into handbills on October 6, 2016.
The Act establishes the Liberia Land Authority, the new Government Agency for land, with a comprehensive mandate to develop land policies and laws, and implement programs that ensure effective land governance, including land administration and management.
The current institutional arrangement of the land sector, with more than eight agencies of government with land functions, has led to serious coordination challenges and deterioration of land administration capacities, which are negatively impacting policy/program, regulatory enforcement and service delivery in the land sector.
Accordingly, the responsibilities for land matters will be removed from several agencies and institutions of government, including the Department of Lands, Survey and Cartography of the Ministries of Lands and Mines, Internal Affairs, Center for National Documents and Records Agency, and other agencies of government as appropriate and transferred to the Liberia Land Authority, which will be a one-stop-shop for land matters.