15 Jul 2013 10:30
SWAKOPMUND, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - The new Land Reform Advisory Commission (LRAC)?s Resettlement Committee members for the Erongo and Otjozondjupa Regions were officially sworn in here on Monday.
The new LRAC committee consists of 17 members for the Otjozondjupa Region, and 16 members for the Erongo Region, who will serve in their positions for three years.
The committees will play a role in the land reform process by scrutinising and selecting prospective resettlement beneficiaries.
Those who were inaugurated by Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua are also attending a two-day induction training course on issues relating to various land and resettlement topics and legislation.
The course ends tomorrow.
LRAC committees were established to inquire into and report on any matter falling within the scope of the functions of the commission.
Mutjavikua said here that serving on the committee requires commitment and personal sacrifice so that tangible developments can take place in communities.
The Agricultural Land Reform Act and the National Resettlement Policy form the foundations upon which the committee members? operations are derived from.
?I appeal to you to acquaint yourself with the relevant sections, especially those that deal with the important functions of your office as set out in the Act and policy,? Mutjavikua told those present.
The Governor said the committee members were conscientiously selected from divergent stakeholders such as traditional authorities, line ministries and farmers? unions in order to enrich and enhance the capacity of the commission as an institution.
Some of the functions to be undertaken by the members include shortlisting and recommending prospective beneficiaries; verifying the allocation of farming units in order to avoid double allocations; preparing submissions to the LRAC; monitoring resettlement farms as well as promoting development.
?As LRAC committee members, you serve as the link and transmission belt between the communities you hail from, the Government and the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement,? Mutjavikua stressed.
He stated that as members of the committee, they should also present resettlement and other related issues to the interest groups timeously before LRAC committee meetings, and provide accurate feedback to the represented stakeholders.