This week in Liberia: Land reforms allow foreigners to buy property; President Weah urges Muslims to ‘think positively’

  • September 21, 2018

Liberian President, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has signed into law the Local Government (LGA) and the Liberia Land Right Acts (LLRA) respectively. The Land Rights Act seeks to strengthen rights over customary land and lets foreigners and charities own property.

Under the law, a community’s claim of ownership of customary land will be established by evidence including oral testimonies of community members, maps, signed agreements between neighbouring communities and any other confirming documents.

The two cardinal legal instruments are considered germane to the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.

Introduced during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the two laws finally saw the light of the day following years of delay after getting fine-tuned to be in line with the current national and international realities.

Dr. Weah signed the Acts into law on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia. Senior government officials, Traditional leaders, county superintendents, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, representatives of the civil society as well as a cross-section of Liberians attended the signing ceremony.

The new law will require a nationwide survey to confirm the boundaries of all customary lands. The survey will be conducted by the Liberia Land Authority within 24 months of the effective date of the Act. Under the law, a maximum of ten percent of customary lands in each community will be set aside and allocated as public land.

In another news, the President has urged Muslims to think positively and pray for Liberia as his government is working to create an environment that encourages investors for the good of the country and people.

Dr. Weah specifically called on Muslims who returned from the Holy City of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, from the just ended Hajj to lead the charge of praying for peace and stability of the nation.

The Liberian leader also reminded the pilgrims that going to the Hajj is not a right but a privilege they need to make maximum use of, in terms of thinking about Liberia, if selected. “It is my responsibility to see all Liberians work and live a better life in Liberia; so what you have done by praying for the nation is a great thing and you will be remembered,” the President said.

President Weah was speaking at a special program marking the safe return of Liberian Pilgrims from the Holy City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia at the Monrovia City Hall.

He described Imams as important people who need to be in the forefront of putting Liberia First in what they do, stressing: “We as a government, will make sure to do ours by realizing that it is only the country we have and need to protect and promote.”

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