Liberia’s 14-year civil war—fueled in part by conflicts over land and natural resource rights—has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of its people. Today, more than a decade into the post-conflict reconstruction period, Liberians are working to rebuild their economy and institute reforms that would promote equitable access to land and resources, secure tenure, investment, and development. Progress, however, has been stymied by a host of challenges— from a lack of infrastructure to the Ebola epidemic in 2014.
Monrovia – The Civil Society Organization (CSO) working group on Land Rights in Liberia, in collaboration with the National Civil Society Council of Liberia has alarmed that the current Land Rights Act passed by the House of Representatives and currently before the Senate is not in the interest of ordinary Liberians.
The eradication of hunger and poverty and the sustainable use of the environment depend in large measure on how people, communities and others gain access to land, fisheries and forests.
-Senator Chie allays colleagues’ concerns
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources & Environment, has denied concerns raised by some of his colleagues that the Senate is being pressurized into a quick passage of the Land Rights Act, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. Grand Kru County Senator Albert Tugbe Chie in a recent interview said contrary to such a concern, his committee and the Senate Committe on Judiciary, Claims, Human Resources & Petitions, chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator H. Varney G. Sherman, did not have any direct intervention in what is contained in the current report requesting concurrent passage.