As the LLA begins decentralization across Liberia, a three-day training to enhance the knowledge and understanding of LLA's county office staff and local community journalists on existing land laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures, and media engagements and techniques has commenced in Gbarnga City, Bong County.
The training which commenced on April 10, 2023, as a precursor activity for the rollout of awareness using local community radio stations, brings together LLA staff and local community radio journalists from Margibi and Bong Counties, respectively.
Speaking at the opening, Hon. Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr., Chairman, LLA, praised the Government of Sweden through the Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP), which is being implemented by Lantmätariet, the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral, and Land Registration Authority for the support. He said if Liberia's land sector will prosper the LLA must work with journalists, particularly local community radio journalists.
The LLA boss further praised the Communication and Outreach Division (COD) of the LLA for the level of relationship established with both national and local media institutions. He said such is timely and needed, especially at a time when Liberia is striving towards land reform.
"Information dissemination is very important to our land reform. We need it. We need to reach out to the communities. We need to inform our people of our services, roles, responsibilities, and what we stand for as an institution. One of the best means of reducing land conflicts is through constant community outreach programs. Today, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the LLA, I want to thank and appreciate all our partners. We cannot do this alone, thus your support is highly commendable."
Chairman Manobah said this is the first since the LLA was established, thus it is indeed a milestone achievement. He said with such, the two counties' staff the LLA (Margibi and Bong Counties) can now engage daily with the selected radio stations to keep the public informed of all land-related services, including providing information on existing land laws, regulations, and guidelines. He further called on participants to take seriously the training and ask relevant questions as the radio show is just a few days from now.
The training is expected to end on April 12, 2023.
For all your land matters kindly contact the LLA offices across the fifteen subdivisions of Liberia. You can also visit our website at www.lla.go.lr for more information.
Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Communication & Outreach Officer, LLA