The latest Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Scorecard indicates an enviable passmark of 60% on Land Rights and Access.

This is the direct result of strategic and laudable reforms in the land sector in the year under review.

Since the appointment of Dr. Turad Senesie as Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning in 2021, the sector has recorded significant legal and management reforms.

Last year’s MCC Scorecard recorded an encouraging 40%, which was a significant improvement from the previous year’s 27%.

In the last two years, the current land sector administration has ensured that the Ministry now administers a standard operating procedure that has improved turnaround time and inhibits corruption, enacted the National Land Commission Act and the Customary Land Rights Act that has improved women’s rights and general access to land ownership in addition to encouraging investment, launched a land raffle scheme that has so far distributed some one thousand four hundred plots of land in a transparent and fair manner to Sierra Leoneans from various works of life, status, tribes and regions in addition to securing a 41.1 million dollar Sierra Leone Land Administration grant from the World Bank to support the establishment of an efficient and transparent land administration and management system in Sierra Leone.

The Ministry has also made massive improvement in reducing land conflicts, developing a national land bank and launched an all out war against land grabbers.

Credit: Media and Public Relations Office, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning