Catholic Father Drills Participants On‘Land Grabbing’
Caesar Nyan Slapeh
A Catholic Father drilled participants at a two day training workshop held at The Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) at the University of Liberia.
The two days workshop is held at the KAICT Hall on the UL campus which seeks to create awareness for all Liberians especially in rural communities.
Speaking on the Theme, “Land Grabbing”, Father John Paul Pezzi an Italian national who has been a missionary in Burundi, as well as a free-lance journalist and editor of the Nigrizia magazine (Italy) and the Manager of Radio AntenaLibre in Esmeraldas (Ecuador) discussed the Biblical implication of Land among other things.
The workshop is being sponsored by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development Program, JPC, FIND, CAFOD, VIVAT international and the KAICT.
The training is targeted at CSOs, religious institutions/bodies, land actors, media and academia among others and it is designed to build civic competence on Land grabbing and promote community responsiveness to counteract Land Grabbing and promote awareness on land rights at different levels in Liberia
Lecturing during the first day of the workshop, Father John Paul drilled participants by introducing several Modules one of which he referred to as the Earth stating that it is a gift from God.
He further indicated that “the human being is not a wandering pilgrim or a passenger coming from somewhere and belonging to another world.
Additionally he said, this sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has bestowed upon us. The word “Pacha Mama” was used to describe the spiritual experience of belonging, dependency when he said the earth is the source of life.
He pointed out that investment and business on agricultural land should take place under certain condition; among them are,transparent and efficient regulatory frame work; with a responsible management of the land and with the use of land for its primary purpose to produce food.
Also speaking in a brief interview, the Director of Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT), Prof. T. Debey Sayndee, said the aim of this workshop is to create more awareness so that citizens will be abreast of what is happening with the issues arising from land grabbing.
Prof. Sayndee said the issue of land grabbing is affecting the livelihood of our citizens. He said communities from those concessions suffered, but the two days training will help to empower the communities and land owners so that they can effectively manage and discuss the issue of land grabbing.
The workshop which began February 14, 2018 is expected to end today Thursday