Monrovia, February 10, 2020: Ten (10) Registered and Licensed Surveyors have been certificated after undergoing two months of intensive training in the use of modern surveying technology.

Sponsored by the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) of USAID and the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), the training was conducted at the Forestry Training Institute (FTI), in Tubmanburg, Bomi County targeting both private and government licensed surveyors’ as beneficiaries.

At the certification program held recently at LLA office in Mamba Point, the Chairman of the Authority, Atty. J. Adams Manobah said, modern surveying technology is not only for the surveyors but mainly it’s designed to save lives. He intimated that the surveying profession is no different from the lawyers, doctors, and even those who carry guns on the streets, which of course, at any time they can decide to kill anyone, Chairman Manobah said.

The LLA Chairman emphasized that as Liberia is on the verge of embarking on a rigorous agriculture development program, a secured land tenure should be ensured if there is going to be a successful and sustained agricultural development projects and programs. “If we are going to have a vibrant national economy by investing in agriculture, we need to discuss with financiers by providing bankable instrument, and that is a secured, well protected land title, which to a large extent would depend on surveyors,” Chairman Manobah noted.

He mentioned that the LLA is about to do a nationwide confirmatory survey to confirm the boundaries of communities, which will be a very expensive venture. “We are going to be doing surveying for very poor people in poor communities, and this cannot be done without modern surveying technology. Hence, we would require the support of our partners to help build the capacity of our surveyors and to provide the much needed gadgets to undertake this national development effort, Atty. Manobah stated.”

Earlier, the Executive Director of the LLA, Stanley N. Toe said the issue of capacity building through training is very cardinal and cited a number of capacity building initiatives that have been championed by USAID including the Land Policy and Institutional Support (LPIS) Project and the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) project. He commended Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin, LGSA Chief of Party for his relentless efforts over the last years in building the capacity within critical areas in the land sector.

He disclosed that under the LGSA project, a two-front approach to capacity building especially for the surveyors was adopted. The first approach was to train surveyors, especially new surveyors in geomatic education, and then the second approach was to upgrade the skills of existing surveyors in modern technology.

Speaking on behalf of USAID Mission Director, Sara Walter, the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Advisor, Mr. Jamel Liverpool, said surveying and surveyors are key components of a functioning land administration system. And as such, the quality and integrity of land surveyors determines the efficiency, quality and fairness in the service delivery of the administration system.

He said USAID Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) has worked closely with the LLA and the Association of Professional Land Surveyors of Liberia to address the gap in the skillsets required to implement modern surveying and mapping processes.

As a result, the activity support has made significant contributions towards addressing this gap in properly regulating the land surveying professional and establishing professional and technical standards as well as upgrading the skills of land surveyors to be able to use modern surveying and mapping processes and equipment through the implementation of LGSA’s comprehensive program of training surveyors, Mr. Liverpool said.

He then congratulated the surveyors who participated in the two months practical and theoretical training, stating that the knowledge and skills acquired would better enable them to meet the demands for quality land surveying with the use of modern standards and equipment.

Also speaking was LGSA Chief of Party, Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin who expressed optimism that newly trained surveyors would use the skills acquired to train more surveyors in the use of modern surveying techniques, data collection and processing.

The training afforded the surveyors to use modern surveying equipment such as Trimble Access C5 Total Station and Trimble R10 Differential GPS and other techniques to execute various tasks.

Additionally, the surveyors were able to use micro-survey CAD 2020 software to produce survey maps, Microsoft Office Suite to produce a complete surveyor’s report.

The training, which was done in two phases comprised lectures, practical demonstration sessions and assignments. Phase one focused on integral discipline within the survey profession with regards to its regulation and policies in Liberia and a hands-on tutorial with modern instrument while phase two focused on a larger scale of collecting data with the instrument as well as its processing, map production and a comprehensive theoretical surveyor’s report writing style.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Tom Nimely thanked the partners and the LLA for the opportunity afforded them to undergo the training. He appealed to the authorities that the instrument and software that were used for the training be made available for use at all times to enhance efficiency and sustainability of the training acquired.

Mr. Nimely then called on the LLA and partners including USAID, World Bank, Lantmäteriet, a Swedish supported project to provide similar training opportunities for other license and registered land surveyors so as to equip them for the herculean tasks in resurveying the entire country.

Also making remarks were the Mr. Archie Bawo, Land Administration Specialist, LGSA, Mr. Richlue BURPHY, Communication Specialist, LGSA and Mr. Nathaniel Cisco, who spoke on behalf of the Association of Professional Land Surveyors of Liberia (APLSUL).I


Reported By: Arthur R. Tucker