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House Concurs With Senate On Passage Of Land Authority Act
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 21 (LINA) - The House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate on the passage of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Act of 2015.
The Act, which was submitted to the National Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was enacted by the Liberian Senate on April 12 and sent to the House for concurrence.
In its report to the Plenary of the House on Tuesday, the committees on Lands, Mines and Energy, Judiciary and Governance, noted that the Act was proposed against the backdrop of the lack of coordination within the current institutional framework of Liberia's land sector at both the central and local levels of Government.
Among other things, as enacted by both Houses of the Legislature, the Act will create the LLA, with a comprehensive mandate to develop land policies and laws and implement programs that ensure effective land governance, including land administration and management.
It will also ensure that the responsibilities for land governance, administration and management will be housed in a single entity, rather than being spread across many agencies of the government.
The LLA will ensure the establishment of a Transitional Committee composed of relevant agencies of government, which will operate for a period of one year with the mandate of taking actions on transitional issues and matters before the full establishment of the LLA.
In accordance with the Act, the governing body of the LLA shall be composed of five commissioners to be nominated by the President and subsequently appointed upon confirmation by the Liberian Senate.