The National Benefit Sharing Trust Board (NBSTB), responsible for the distribution and management of community share of land rental fee, says the Government of Liberia, owes forest affected communities more than US$3 million in land rental fees accrued through commercial logging activities.
Chairperson of the Trust Board, Nora Bowier said the amount in question, is money that the government has failed to remit over the last four years to carry out major developmental projects in counties where concessions activities are being implemented.
Responding to this revelation, Director for Operation at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Joseph J. Tally confirmed that indeed the government is owing an outstanding amount of land rental fees that belong to the communities. However, he could not confirmed the actual amount.
Veronica Njie reports.