As Land ownership in the urban sector of Liberia and Africa as large has become a serious chaotic upshot since the establishment of the African continent, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in collaboration with Lantmateriet machinating to take 30 Africans abroad from Liberia and Zimbabwe to build their capacity on applied Land Governance.
Making the disclosure on Friday Aug. 20, 2021, at a one meeting with the Liberia Land Authority and other stakeholders in Monrovia, the ITP project manager Lennart Wastesson said the total number of participants is limited to 30 per course and 15 participants per country.
Mr. Wastesson asserted that the main objectives of the Programme is to strengthen capacity and cooperation between institutions and organisations in the land sector. “This in order to make a difference on the ground to enhance the living conditions for poor and vulnerable people living mainly in peri-urban and urban areas,” he added.
The Swedish International noted that this Programme aims to give participants new tools and knowledge on how to approach and elevate a settlement towards formal status with increased security of ownership and access to land as a result.
The ITP project Manager furthered stressed that the project will strengthen knowledge, capacity and awareness among the participants to influence and inspire their home organization, initiating improvements in line with adopted national plans and policies for the land sector.
“This covers aspects of accountability, transparency, effectiveness and quality of service delivery for women and men with different ethnic backgrounds. It is essential that selected change projects derive from the local contex and are implemented by participants’ organizations,” he said.
He said the progromme is divided into 3 courses with different participants, each to last one year. Noting that each course will have its own change project with a strong local ownership and experiences and results achieved will be handed over to the next course.
According to him the Sida’s funded, Lantmateriet project will address inventory and deeding of government land in Bensonville, Montserrado county. Furthered that the initiative will place prime priority on cluster area of land dispute in Montserrado County.
Also speaking at the takeholders meeting, the Superintendent of Montserrado County Madam Florence Freeman Brandy has extolled the swedish government for their initiative to disengage Liberia from land quandary. She said over the years there have been chaotic squanbling over land ownership in Liberia and this initiative from the swedish government will help to regulate the land sector of the country in the honorable way.
Madam Brandy said this training is very significant because impacting knowledge is the best thing to do in order handle a difficult situation. “This training is good because impacting knowledge is the best thing our young people will go there get train and when they come back they will be professional, responsible in handling land cases and attitude toward ownership so we want thank you to the swedish government for theuch a good opportunity,” Madam extolled.
She also said the proper regulation of land will help the government of Liberia in revenue generation for the Devevelopment of the country.
At same time the Liberia Commissioner for Land Administration J. Josephus Burgess Sr. said his focus as a Commissioner is to see the land sector of Liberia improve to the level that there will be proper to security and land information available, accessible to help the general public.
” If you look at that the land sector in the country and take into consideration our past system on land governance, it was very weak, lack of land information and because of that there are lots of dubious and fraudulent deeds are taking place in the country.
He also said the training is very important because they will be able to have the capacity of people and also build the capacity of the country on land governance. Noting that there will be intensive training for the community people to broaden their knowledge on land matters.
Commissioner Burgess said one of the serious predicament that Liberia is facing right now is that there is no institution to teach land administration which has been one of the serious bottleneck in the sector.
“Over 34 year now up to present there are no formal training on land administration so this training with help Liberia with expertise in the land sector not only to the land Authority but to the Liberians people meaning every information about land in the country with be on the website and with well design system. “And if you come to me and say I want to buy your land that land information will be on the website and you will read about the land yourself so there will be no dubious