JUBA - The National South Sudan Land Commission organized a week long workshop which ended yesterday to train its technical staff on proper land management and sustainability.
This was stated yesterday by the land commission chairperson, Robert Loki Laku, in a press briefing conducted in the commission premises.
He said while training trainers to train people to their states they put into huge consideration of issues related to land administration.
According to him the program drew participants from Jonglei, Unity, Western and Central Equatoria States among others to train trainers.
“We concluded the training of the trainer’s exercise,” said the land commission chairman. “We ended a week of training today and the participants will go to their states to teach the land commission local chiefs and authorities,” he added.
The commission vowed that it is only tasked to advise various government organs without privileges to the court on how issues related to land can be resolved.
He however proposed specialized court to deal with cases related to land grabbing in the ten states.
The workshop aimed to equip the land commission staff with land conflict resolutions and transformation countrywide. In turns, Lual Guet Jok, Jonglei state chairperson of land and investment commission said in recognition that land is a strategic natural resource and a source of national development.
He pointed out that for good benefits realization of land importance, both citizens and government should value the land. Conflicts over land ownership in the newly independent state are serious compounded by land grabbing by individuals or communities who issue land to investors without state concern.
The Transitional Constitution and the land act divide land into three parts namely, public, privates and community land. But since South Sudan became independent and gained full ownership of land, there have been a lot of cases of land saga encountered in several states.