On April 10, 2019, the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) officially launched its website in the presence of an array of senior government officials, donor partners in the land sector and LLA staff.
The development, design and subsequent launching of the website with the domain, title www.lla.gov.lr was financed by the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA), a USAID supported project.
Speaking during the launching ceremony, which took place in the Conference Room of the Land Authority, located on Sekou Toure Avenue, Mamba Point, LLA Acting Chairman, Atty. J. Adams Manobah said the launching of the website was in partial fulfillment of carrying out certain activities under the eligibility arrangements of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which requires the LLA to reach certain benchmarks pertaining to Land Rights and Access.
The LLA acting chairman disclosed that Liberia stands to benefit enormously under the MCC if the website remains functional and responsive in addressing issues such as land deeds registration, processes in acquiring land, functions, and mandate of the LLA, institutional structure and so on.
He said utilizing technology to increase awareness and visibility by any institution creates an opportunity for progress, stating that the LLA is prepared to make maximum use of the website.
Hon. Manobah lauded the efforts being made by partners that are supporting the land sector, including the Land Governance Support Activity, (LGSA) a USAID supported project, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the World Bank (WB), UN Organizations, the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Speaking earlier was the Executive Director of the LLA, Mr. Stanley N. Toe who gave an historical perspective of how the website was established during the tenure of the erstwhile Land Commission and how it contributed to Liberia’s reaching Compact Status under the MCC during the administration of the former President of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Mr. Toe said the website will create a section where people will interface with the LLA internally and externally. Another section called deliverables will include graphic design files, maps of land use, and studies on land tenure and women land rights.
The Head of the MCC Secretariat at the MFDP, Mr. George Ansumana, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah reaffirmed government’s commitment to supporting the LLA in raising awareness on the Land Rights Act.
Consequently, Mr. Ansumana disclosed that the MFDP has made available initial funds to the LLA under the eligibility arrangements of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to undertake awareness-raising activities on the Land Rights Act (LRA) in four communities in rural Montserrado and Margibi counties.
During the program, the Democracy, Rights and Governance Advisor, at USAID, Mr. Jamel Liverpool, who spoke on behalf of the Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Cham said that USAID is going to ensure that the Land Authority is equipped with the relevant infrastructure it needs to deliver on the ever-important mandate.
Liverpool said the launch of the website is a monumental step towards enhancing the visibility of the LLA and its important role in advancing the overall improvement of the lives of every day Liberians.
He said USAID, through the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA), continues to be a strategic partner with the LLA and government, as it seeks to further its development goals.
According to him, the possibility of ensuring long-term economic growth through individual and community land ownership is becoming a reality, now that the acquisition of land rights is accessible to all Liberians.
“It’s our hope that this website will be used for its intended purpose, regularly updated to enable stakeholders and the general population to get up-to-date information on the programming of the LLA,” he said.
The Chief of Party of the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA), Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin, said the launch of the website presents an opportunity for stakeholders in the land sector to reaffirm their commitments to the institutional development of land, and to support efforts being made by LLA to meet the expectations of the Liberian people for improved land administration.
Dr. Gebremedhin said LGSA has supported the LLA to take positive steps toward building a functioning land administration system and implementing the Land Rights Act, but said much work needs to be done.
“The launch of the LLA website represents one aspect of the LGSA’s support to the LLA in relation to its institutional development. LGSA remains delighted to see that the LLA is meeting the development objectives of the website with great interest,” Dr. Gebremedhin said.
He said for the website to effectively contribute to the work of the LLA, the information provided through it should always be accurate, current and informative.
Mr. Linus Pott, Land Administration Specialist of World Bank, said the launch of the website is the first step to increasing public awareness of the LLA’s activities.
Mr. Pott said the launch also shows some level of transparency by the LLA, as people and citizens of Liberia need to know the activities of the Authority.
The launching ceremony was witnessed by Honorable Kou Dorliae, Deputy Justice Minister for Economic Affairs and Mr. Alphonso B. Henries of the Civil Society Working Group on Land Rights. Both officials in separate remarks commended the LLA for establishing a website and encouraged those responsible to update relevant information on the site regularly.
Reported By: Arthur R. Tucker —Public Relations Officer