Gov’t pays Le250M to land owners in the North
The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country planning has completed the payment of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones to Land owning families in Bombali and Tonkolili Districts respectively.
According to the deputy minister of Lands, Rex Bhonapha, the payment was for the reservation quarters and airfield lands in Makeni and Magburaka and the outright freehold purchase of the said lands.
It must be noted that these payments have not been made to land owning families in the country since 1978.
The Mayagba Bombali Airfield payment was done at the Bombali Council Hall where the Deputy Minister of Lands, Rex Bhonapha presented a cheque of One Hundred Million Leones (Le 100,000,000) to PC Kasanga for onward transmission to affected land owning families in the Chiefdom.
On behalf of the people of Pakimassbong Chiefdom, Paramount Chief Mosasa Paki Kabonbor 11 thanked the government through the Ministry of Lands for the payment. He described it as very timely and assured that as community people, they will continue to protect the said lands and pray that President Bio and his government succeed in rebranding the country by providing an Internal Air Transportation system across the country.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Israel Jigba explained that they were sent by the Minister of Lands, Dr. Denis Sandy to pay for the reservation quarters so that government can take full control of the said quarters.
Receiving the one hundred and fifty Million Leones (Le 150,000,000) cheque, Paramount Chief of Maguraka, PC Masskawa 111 commended the government for the effort made in keeping those Airfields and Reservation quarters for future development programs.
Similar payments have been done for the Airfield and Reservation Quarters in Bo and Kenema Districts by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, Dr. Denis Sandy.
During those meetings, Dr. Sandy emphasized the commitment of President Bio to normalize every land situation across the country and encouraged members of the public to come to his office for proper documentation of State Lands, which they had acquired over the years without proper documents.
He explained to Land Owning families that government, upon payment of huge sum of money to affected families in both Reservations and Airfields in Bo and Kenema, the land reverts to government ownership forever.