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The much publicized Land rights Bill of Liberia has again suffered another setback in the hands of member of the Liberian Senate. The Land Right Bill has been lingering within the corridors of the legislature since 2014 and is yet to be passed into law.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the plenary of the Liberian Senate debated the Bill following a report submitted by its committee on lands, mines, energy and natural energy regarding the passage of the Bill.
According to the committee’s report, the plenary should see reason to enact the Bill into law after a thorough review of the Bill has been carried out by its members.
But, many Senators, during the debate expressed dissatisfaction, citing that they were not under any pressure to hastily pass a law which according to them would not be interest of the Liberian people.
The Senators said they believe that certain provisions within the Bill need to be properly clarified and explained so as to avoid chaos after its passage into law.
Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown of Maryland County argued that the Bill would seek to give back to the ordinary Liberian people what has been taken from them many years ago, thus, its passage should be very critical.
Senator Brown said he believes that there are two laws currently at the legislature when passed would in his mind become a paradigm shift in the lives of the ordinary Liberians, the Local Government Bill and the Land Rights Bill.
“Land over the years has been a source of conflict and to a large extent land conflict still remains among communities, family members and others and this Bill we are debating today seeks to give back to the people of this country land that has been sieged from them for so many years,” Brown stressed.
The Maryland County lawmaker indicated that it is important that all of the articles within the Bill would never again harm the interest of the ordinary people of the country, but it would rather bring peace and stability in the country.
He and other Senators including Daniel Naatahn, Peter Coleman, Milton Teahjay and many others want the Bill to be taken back to the people and stakeholders in order to have their inputs and assess to the final copy before its passage into law.
Also Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County highlighted several portions within the Bill which according to him need to be clearly understood by everyone.
Senator Sherman pointed out the issue of lease, which in the Bill is been restricted to fifty (50) years, this he believes would scare away investors from the country.
Other Senator like, Alphonso Gaye said his county is still deliberating the Bill and as such Grand Gedeh County could not make a definite statement on whether or not the Bill should be passed.
Meanwhile, the plenary of the Liberian Senate has sent the Bill back into committee room for another round of scrutiny before its final enactment into law.

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