The Chairman of the Land Commission (LC) has called on Liberians and stakeholders to exert more pressure on the National Legislature to pass the Land Authority Act (LAA).
Land Commission (LC) Chairman, Dr. Cecil T.O. Brandy, made the call on Wednesday in Monrovia during a press conference he called purposely to address the continued delay in the passage of the Act.
“While we are wasting precious time to pass the LAA Law into a legal instrument, the situation in the land sector continues to degenerate and our illegal surveyors are going about in several ways to manipulate issues,” Dr. Brandy charged.
He cautioned lawmakers and stakeholders to see the practical reality and pass the Land Authority Act before them.
The Land Commission boss described the Act as one of the best pieces of legislations crafted since the introduction of the National Unification Policy during the late President William V.S. Tubman administration.
Dr. Brandy explained that the Act will give due recognition and rights to rural Liberians that the land on which they reside will become their legitimate property.
“It is about time for our lawmakers to consider the passage of the Land Authority Agency Act intended to benefit the greater portion of our rural people in terms of their socioeconomic development, growth and progress,” Dr. Brandy urged.
He also pointed out that the Act would ensure national healing, reconciliation, peace, stability among Liberians as it gives the citizens the right to make maximum use of the land on which they have resided for many years.
The Land Commissioner said that the right to own one’s land gives those who reside on the land a sense of identity.
He further stated that the Land Right Act would also empower Liberians socioeconomically and ensure peace, minimize internal land dispute and promote national healing in the country.
“I want to call on Liberians at home and abroad to write and put all the necessary pressure on the legislators to pass the Land Authority Act for the common good,” Dr. Brandy emphasized.
Asked about Liberians who have accumulated large tracts of unused land, Dr. Brandy said that is one of the critical issues that Liberians have to grapple with in the years to come.
The Land Commissioner further responded that the Land Rights Act would compel owners of large acreages to the use the land or they would be exposed to a number of measures to ensure that the unused land after a period of time is given to someone else to be utilized.
Dr. Brandy added that one of the objectives of the Land Rights Act is to ensure equal access to land, and pointed out that those who have acquired land with genuine deeds cannot have their property taken away.