Admist delay for the passage of the land rights bill an International aid agency Catholic Agency for overseas Development (CAFOD) organized a two day training on land Grabbing.
The training held at the University of Liberia main campus brought together participants from the youth, Religious, Students and Civil Society sectors.
CAFOD with vision of promoting justice and human dignity globally said the training amongst other things is to promote advocacy on the passage of the land rights bill as well as supporting and equipping people to understand their land rights and advocate for it to the fullest.
According to Amina Bello project manager of CAFOD it is key for lawmakers to see the need for the passage of the land rights bill which she noted is critical to national growth.
She called on them to include provision that will provide adequate safeguard for the protection of customery land right.
Amina said though land issues are of global concern it is also a business of National interest that should be looked at urgently.
She encouraged all sectors involved to join their efforts in canvassing for the timely passage of the National legal instrument.
It can be recall in 2017 CAFOD received funding from the European Union to
Implement a land rights project in four Counties, namely:Lofa, Bong, Margibi and Nimba.
The target was aimed at contributing to secure land tenure for women and youth in project communities.
Under the project proper advocacy for land rights and promotion was conducted in various communities in the four Counties.
CAFOD also provide free legal services for women whose land rights has been violated or suffering from land related abuses.
The international aid agency operates in forty Countries promoting justice and human dignity.
In Liberia the group worked under three thematic focus areas to include:
Food Security and livelihood, Rights and participatory governance and emergency preparedness and response.
The bill was passed by the house of Representatives but is currently at the Liberian Senate awaiting concordance.
Senators including lawyers have been over the years reviewing the bill from all angles due to its sensitive and Conflict prone nature associated with that legal instrument.
At a recent catholic dinner to raise more awareness on the passage of the bill a seasoned Lawyer Cllr. Koigoi Johnson said they will not passed into law a half bake legal instruction as such it is very key for the bill to be viewed properly for the benefit of all.
In partnership with other groups to include the Catholic Justice and peace Commission, VIVAT international, foundation for international dignity(FIND) and the Kofi Anna Institute for Conflict Transformation the training will continue to local Communities mainly in Bong County.
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