The resident judge of Nimba County, Cllr. Emery S. Paye has called on representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) advocating for land rights education to spread their activities to include all the sectors.
Judge Paye, spoke at the close of a recent land rights education training seminar held in Nimba County, said most complainants do not follow up their land cases in court, but would rather choose to go about fabricating lies and tarnishing the good character of people, they believe have encroached on their lands.
Paye said the workshop should continue until it covers all parts of the county, but should include the chiefs, elders as well as other prominent citizens, who are stakeholders.
Judge Paye said the adjudication of land cases is not a challenge to the court, because the judge knows exactly in accordance with the law what the issues are that concern the disputed parties.
J. Lavell Tarpeh, National Project Coordinator of the Liberia Law Society conducted the training. He said the training exercise is being implemented in Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Nimba Counties.
Tarpeh said the objective of the land rights project is to train policymakers, stakeholders and legal practitioners and they will be looking at the inheritance land law and the proposed land law Act.
“We are implementing land rights project targeting, protecting and promoting land rights Act, especially for the vulnerable women and youth,” he said.
Mr. Tarpeh said the entire process hangs on the inheritance law and the proposed Land Rights Act.
The workshop was held under the banner, “Training of Stakeholders and Policymakers: The proposed Land Rights Act and Inheritance Law, Land Rights for all Liberians,” with funding from the European Union.
The project, implemented by DenL and the Liberia Law Society, is funded by the European Union through the the Catholic Agency for Oversea Development, CAFOD.
Participants at the training anticipate that the Land rights Bill will be passed into law very soon.