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Minister Of Lands Vows To Put The Records Straight

Minister Of Lands Vows To Put The Records Straight

The Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment Dr. Dennis Sandy, has on the 7th November 2018 held a meeting at the conference hall in his ministry, addressing hundreds of free-holders. He said the government is committed to solving Land issues all over the country adding that he, as the political head of the Ministry will do all what it takes to make sure that all those whose names were submitted and given appointment letters from the past Ministers are not disqualified, but if there is no proper structure in the state land that was given to people there is a chance for them to lose it. He continued by saying that there are people who are in the habit of having more than one plots and others don’t have any state land, as all Sierra Leoneans are entitled to a state land provided the set criteria are met required by the ministry. According to the land policy, lease state land is for three years after which if there is no structure been constructed the ministry have the right to take it back from you as a beneficiary  due to negligence on your  part.

Dr. Sandy, continued to say that the staff of the ministry are moving from one point to another all over the country where state lands are in other to see that people do not take advantage of the situation that they are state lands nothing will happen to that. He said if someone has applied for a piece of land for dwelling, that individual should not use it for any Church or Mosque, the structure should be as per application.

Any State Land that a person does not have the proper documentation for should come to the Ministry.  Dr. Sandy finally said that Le 1 Million  per annum should be paid to the Ministry by occupants. Conclusively, he is calling on all those who have gone through the process of drafting Lease Agreement should photo copy their documents for the free-hold activity. He is ready to shape the land dispute across the country and that he will not leave any stone unturned. He assured the Media to take all the lands that were taken by force from people to rebuild the country and to restore the beauty of the state.

All those structures that have been constructed on any state land without appropriate authorization will be demolished by him. He assured the audience.

By: Amira Tatayea Bangura

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