MONROVIA-Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah wants proper recognition for people owning land in the country.
Speaking at the launch of the Systematic land titling project in Clara Town over the weekend, Minister Tweah clarified that the project is not about revenue generation.
He however expressed disappointment that the organizers of the program reportedly refused to do enough awareness to enlighten the minds of the people about the project in order to erase the fear of taking their land.
“The people who organized this program didn’t do well in the country. The project is here to help. We have to re-launch this project for the people to understand. We are here to give the people their title to their land. We need to ensure the people understand. The government is working with the LLA to ensure the people have legal protection to their land,” he said.
The Finance Ministry boss further said “Land issue is a challenge and if you bringing this community, you need to explain to the people about the true intend of their land. We should stop calling people squatters. We should give people their status and protection and stop calling them squatters. We are all coming from the squatters’ backgrounds.”
Medici Land Governance (MLG) provides user-friendly, low costing land titling and administration systems. Medici Land Governance (MLG) has since signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Liberia Land Authority, the government agency of the Republic of Liberia responsible for land governance in the country. The MOU details MLG’s agreement to pilot a streamlined systematic land titling system and a land administration system that would recognize and record the rights of Liberian landowners.
The pilot project will demarcate and document land rights for up to one thousand (1000) residential land parcels in or around the city of Monrovia.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), J. Adams Manobah said Medici Land is in Liberia to commence the administration, registration of land and not to take the people’s land from them.
“They are here to put you into the system. We are here to make sure to take land from under the table and make it legitimate so we can allow you make transaction with others. We want our people to put real money into the land. We want people who have legal claims and status to have their land after the investigation,” he said.
He said “We want one land with one legal claim and not multiples. We want to know the problems and advantages we have in Liberia. This is a pilot project. We will investigate all claims and we are not taking people to court. We want to resurvey Liberia. We know many of the land we have in Liberia don’t have deeds. We want to make sure you develop your land after the investigation.”
“We are here purposely to make sure we resolve some of the claims and we will ensure you have good status and all. If you are here sitting on government land, government is here to work with you. If the land you on is in problem, we will resolve it,” he said.