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LET'S LECTURE: The President’s Handling of NOCAL Crisis

As the March Hare said in Alice in Wonderland, the NOCAL saga gets curioser and curioser. The President has placed the fox in the chicken coop. She wants those who ran the company into the ground to be the ones to rescue it. A more sensible approach I thought would have been to keep these jokers as far away from reconstruction as possible. They should be kept around just to answer questions.

A TRANSITION INTO THE NEW “LIBERIA LAND AUTHORITY”, A PRIORITY THAT REQUIRES COLLECTIVE EFFORTS (part I)

Liberia’s land administration and management system has negatively impacted the socio-economic and political wellbeing of all Liberians. Property rights in land are characterized by weak governance, including outdated policies, laws and regulations, weak institutions with little institutional coordination, and limited accountability, all of which creates an unstable environment, increasing conflicts over land, and high levels of corruption in the land sector.

LET'S LECTURE: 2015-2016 Budget: What are the Priorities?

The FY 2016 expenditure budget is a study in misplaced priorities and lost opportunities. The recurrent budget for the entire country is a little over $500 million. As I have stated before, that is a very small sum indeed. $500 million to cater to the needs of 3.5 million people? Me and a dozen of my colleagues were allocated that sum of money 20 years ago to run a newspaper in Dallas, Texas with 2,500 employees. In other words, on a per capita basis we had $200,000 to spend compared to just $140 for the Government of Liberia.

LAND COMMISSION: The Land Commission is on its way to solving Land Snags

Public hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)

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