Margibi County Early Warning Chief Wants Implementation of Drug Law, Halt To Illegal Land Sale
KAKATA, Margibi County – The Chairperson of Margibi County Early Warning System has called on every well-meaning Liberian across the country including religious leaders and civil society organizations to support the government for the full implementation of the drug law which was recently passed into law.
Ocarleus Subah said the proliferation of drugs in the country is destroying the youth who are the future leaders of the country.
The law, passed recently by the 54th Legislature and signed into handbill by President Weah, provides tough punishment for people found guilty in the illegal trade of drug.
Speaking on a wide range of issues, Subah said the security sector of Margibi is grappling with several challenges that are impeding them to discharge their duties fully.
According to Mr. Subah, the issue of logistical support and lack of mobility among others affect the smooth operations of the security in the county. He called for more support to the security sector to make them proactive in carrying out their constitutional responsibility by protecting lives and properties.
Speaking further, the Margibi County’s Early Warning boss noted that the Local Governance Act that was passed by the Legislature and signed into handbill has not been effective.
He alarmed over the increase of illegal land sales by land administrators in the county, and warned that the action of these unscrupulous land officials could lead to violence if they are not stopped.
Subah called for a serious penalty to be imposed on administrators of land in order to address the land dispute.
According to him, people in towns and villages are in the constant habit of dubious land transactions all because there is no punishment against them.
He called on the Liberia land Authority to prevail on its agents in the counties to do away with the illegal sale of land.
Liberia has experienced a period of relative peace since the end of the civil war in 2003. This has been followed by the successful conduct of several democratic elections and the establishment of democratic institutions. However, this hard-won peace is now threatened by escalating land disputes. The Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission sounded a stark warning, emphasizing the possibility of a return to violence in Liberia if the issue of land disputes is not effectively and promptly addressed.
To tackle this issue head-on, the Liberian government has taken significant steps, including the establishment of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the enactment of the groundbreaking Land Rights Act (LRA). However, despite its passage, land disputes are still on the increase, prompting calls for the LLA to be proactive in the implementation of the LRA.
Moses P. Gibson, Correspondent, Margibi County