Liberia Interim Land Taskforce Established

Staff Report

The President of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on March 18, 2016 established an Interim Land Task Force (ILTF), following the end of the extended tenure of the Land Commission.   The ILTF is charged with the responsibility to undertake and maintain sustained legislative engagement to facilitate the speedy passage of the Liberia Land Authority Bill and to maintain continued engagement with partners, donors and other land sector stakeholders so as to ensure that they remain committed to providing support and assistance to the proposed Liberia Land Authority, and to our land reform program within the context of on-going and future projects and programs.

The ILFT is to also ensure that provision of essential land related services, which were being provided by or coordinated through the former Land Commission, are continued during the intervening period while awaiting  passage of the Land Authority Bill.

The President has appointed the Chairman of the former Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy as Chairman of the ILTF. Others appointed to the ILTF include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), represented by Hon. George Miller, Assistant Minister of the Department of Lands, Survey and Cartography, and Hon. Philomena Bloy Sayeh, Director-General of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). The appointments took effect as of March 18, 2016.

The offices of the ILTF are located in the headquarters of the defunct Land Commission, in the Goodridge Building, Jallah Town Road, between 8th and 9th Streets in Sinkor, Monrovia.

In establishing the Task Force, the President indicated that the supporting staff of the ILTF will be seconded from the MLME, CNDRA and former staff of the now defunct Land Commission. The process of seconding the relevant staff to the ILTF has started. Already, the supporting staff, both technical and administrative, from the pool of former Land Commission staff have been selected while staff from the MLME and CNDRA are being identified.

The Task Force started work during the first week of April. It has held three meetings thus far and has discussed a range of issues, including organization matters; the preparation of a work plan; and engagement with both the Legislature, donors and other stakeholders. See full text on page 9


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