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Lands Ministry Displays Draft Lands Act

Lands Ministry Displays Draft Lands Act

In its pursuit to revolutionize the Lands Policy and Lands Act, the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and Environment Thursday 15th held a meeting with stakeholders to update them on the drafted land policy document for validation.

At the conference hall of the Lands Ministry, 3rd floor Youyi building, Freetown, the Chairman of ceremony, K.M Foray, while presenting the draft and report said however that the report highlights reason from a well developed policy that will surely capture international standards in relation to land administration.

He said land issues are political, social, economical, emotional and sometimes traditional.

This, he said, was why government has seen the need to lighten the old age problems of land, which in the past has caused misunderstandings between government, private individuals and to some extent foreign investors.

He said however that some of the issues had been too difficult to address, that even the judiciary sometimes failed to ably adjudicate same justly.

“It is against this backdrop that government has set-up the National Land Policy Planning committee which now direct it activities between two groups,” Foray said.

“These groups are: technical working group and the steering committee with 20 people each, all having vast academic, social, and cultural experiences.”

Adding, these groups have carefully conducted a survey on key issues: 1. Access to Land for the Sierra Leoneans and foreign investors, 2. Land tenure system, Land use planning and Regulation, 3. Land management and administrations, and 4. Land Adjudication, which he said has been a mountainous problem to the nation.

Lending his voice to the issue, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Ahmed Kanu called on to take the issue as a challenge and said however that it is bordered on public interest and not politics.

He asked Sierra Leoneans to carefully study the draft policy and make their inputs.

He thanked the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for partnering with the Ministry of Land as they try to actualize the policy document.

He said the draft policy document has a life span of three years, and will soon be passed as a bill before Parliament for critical analysis by both the public and the committee.

By Mohamed Kabbah Turay

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