‘Tribal Certificates Are Legal Documents’

first_imgTwo Commissioners of the Land Commission have told local leaders not to be frightened to bring forth their tribal certificates to the Land Commission for recording as the tribal certificates are legal documents as compared to any other land documents.Commissioners Estelle Kuyon Liberty, who has oversight responsibility on land policy and programs for Grand Bassa and Bong Counties, and Suzanna G. Vaye with oversight duty of outreach and education, made the assertion in Gbarnga over the weekend when the Land Commission (LC) launched its Tribal Certificates Inventory Project. It is an exercise that will record, scan and validate all tribal certificates.The first phase of the Tribal Certificates Inventory Project will benefit four counties,  Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Monsterrado.The two Commissioners informed the audience that tribal certificates are legal, on grounds  that they are signed by tribal authorities and issued by the County Land Commissioner under the 1956 and 1973 Public Land Sale Laws, certifying the accord of the community to the sale or transfer of land in customary societies.They explained to the that gathering the objectives of the exercise are to gather information on the total number of tribal certificates distributed over the years that will assist the Commission to establish a database on existing tribal certificates in the four counties; to analyze information generated that will enhance the Commission’s land administration policy and law formulation process; and to strengthen national land rights records management and registration systems in rural areas through the inventory of all lands under tribal certificates.Commissioners Liberty and Vaye narrated that during the inventory exercise, which will take place in the four counties; tribal certificate owners will display their certificates to an inventory team for recording and scanning before being stamped with a number.They explained that the Tribal Certificate Inventory Project is the first step in a process and is intended to afford Liberians,  particularly the tribal people, the opportunity to finally secure title to land that they have laid claim to over the years by translating their tribal certificates into deeds.They indicated that all relevant documents will be returned to the appropriate owners after all vital information is  obtained and recorded by the LC. Speaking earlier at the launch of the Land Commission’s Tribal Certificates Inventory Project, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy lauded the LC and its partners for the exercise and said the program will help to minimize and manage land conflict in the various communities.Superintendent Mappy told the LC authorities that the exercise will also assist government to establish appropriate land ownership programs in the country.  She  pledged her county’s  unflinching support to the project.She encouraged the tribal people to bring forward their tribal certificates during the days of the inventory process so that their tribal certificates may  be recorded and deeded in subsequent  times.The Land Commission was established in 2009 by the Government of Liberia and charged with the responsibility to formulate land policy and land law reform in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brokers Vitol Tied to Two More LPG Tankers at HHI

first_imgzoom Dutch energy and commodity trading group Vitol has declared options for two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), according to the latest report from Intermodal.The 84,000 cbm gas carriers would be fitted with ballast water treatment systems and scrubbers to meet the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap set to come into effect 2020According to the report, the newbuildings are slated for delivery in 2019. Nevertheless, the price details of the duo have not been disclosed.When approached by World Maritime News for a statement on the report, Vitol did not want to comment.In July this year, HHI was contracted by Vitol to build two 84,000 cbm LPG tankers with an option to build six more.As reported earlier, the company was said to be paying a sum of USD 68 million per vessel.Separately, on Monday, Hyundai said it won an order for five additional very large ore carriers from Polaris Shipping.The order, worth USD 400 million, is an option being exercised as part of a contract signed on September 25, when Polaris ordered ten VLOCs of the same class from HHI.Based on the shipbuilder’s latest estimate,  HHI Group’s shipbuilding affiliates have so far this year won new orders of 110 ships worth USD 6.7 billion, 90% of the USD 7.5 billion annual target.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Margaret Atwood and her fellow Annex alarmists must learn to share Elliott

first_imgIf you live in a great neighbourhood, you ought to want to share it. Login/Register With: That’s doubly true if you’ve been lucky enough to settle somewhere that ticks all the boxes of good urban policy: neighbourhoods that offer walkable streets, nearby amenities and easy access to transit. They don’t seem big on sharing. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement That’s frustrating. By any measure, the development site in question is ideally suited for a residential building. According to WalkScore.com, it’s a “walker’s paradise” and also boasts a transit score of 96 and a bike score of 100. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In an era of wasteful suburban sprawl and carbon-spewing car commutes, growing these kinds of places only makes sense. But maybe not if you’re author Margaret Atwood. Or supermarket bigwig Galen Weston Jr. Or any of the other wealthy homeowners in the Annex neighbourhood who have banded together to oppose an eight-storey condo development proposed for Davenport Road.last_img read more