Monrovia, November 26, 2020: LLA Trained Community Mobilizer Linda Y. Fayiah conducts awareness in four communities in Grand Cape Mount County

The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) on October 21th conducted a three-day intensive capacity building training in Bentol City, Montserrado County on the dissemination of information on the Land Rights Act and the Act that established the LLA.

The training brought together scores of participants comprising local government officials, journalists, community mobilizers and members from the civil society organizations working on community land rights in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Montserrado Counties, respectively.

At the end of the training, participants were encouraged by the facilitators, representatives of the executive senior management of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the Program Manager of the Training and Awareness Program, Mr. Richelieu Wollor, to take the message and knowledge acquired back to their respective counties and communities.

Meanwhile, considering the importance of the training, which ended October 23, 2020, Mrs. Linda Y. Fayiah, a participant and community mobilizer from Grand Cape Mount County has embarked on an intensive community engagement covering four communities, namely: Nimba Point, Matambo Estate, Gwayna Town, and Mano Oil Plantation Monster Ground.

According to Mrs. Fayiah, the hope of the land sector rests on the shoulders of the younger generation today, therefore, the training provided by the LLA with support from the World Bank has provided her the opportunity to speak to her people.

Speaking to Mr. Jonah Wreh Segbe, Communication and Outreach Assistant, LLA, Mrs. Fayiah expressed her desire to do more community outreach activities before the commencement of the roll out of the nationwide awareness on the dissemination of information on Land Rights Act (LRA) of 2018, and the Liberia Land Authority Act (LLAA) of 2016.

She commended the LLA Chairman, Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr. and the Executive Director, Mr. Stanley N. Toe, LLA, the facilitators and the entire Board of Commissioners of the LLA for providing Liberian youth, especially young women the opportunity to be trained on their rights and responsibilities over land.

“You may not know how excited I was the day we completed our training in Bentol, Montserrado County. When I received my certificate of participation, I said to myself, the work to help the LLA promote land rights has begun. So immediately I came back, I started informing community residents of their rights and responsibilities, and what the Land Rights Law says about women’s land rights. The rights of women to own land has been a contentious issue prior to the passage of the LRA. Today, I am glad I have been able to speak to four different communities. And, I am hoping to do more before the start of the nation-wide awareness.” Mrs. Fayiah said.

Furthermore, she expressed thanks and appreciation to the awareness team for her selection, and promised to work with the LLA awareness team during phase two of the program, which will target several communities in the fifteen counties of Liberia.

During her community engagements, Mrs. Fayiah provided residents of Nimba Point, Matambo, Gwayna Town, and workers of the Mano Oil Plantation Monster Ground with information on women land rights, the four categories of land with emphasis on customary land, benefits and responsibilities of customary communities, and the functions, powers and mandate of the LLA.

Mrs. Fayiah who considered herself the “John-the-Baptist” of the awareness team to the county, vowed to continue engaging more communities since land disputes in the county continue to remain a serious concern and threat to peace and security. She said Grand Cape Mount County needs more community engagements through a robust awareness, which will help to curtail land disputes, and as well as inform citizens of their rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the Land Rights Law.

The Land Rights Act was passed into law by the National Legislature in June, 2018 and approved by Dr. George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia on September 18, 2018, and printed into handbill in October 2018, as the foundation land law of Liberia. The LLA Act was enacted by the Legislature in 2016.

 

Reported By: Jonah Wreh Segbe, Jr - Communication & Outreach Assistant