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Over 1,500 acres of Land reclaimed - Lands minister affirms

Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning has disclosed to lawmakers that over 1,500 acres of land have been reclaimed from land grabbers.

Dr. Denis Sandy stated that a total of 150 freehold leases have been granted to civil servants and members of the public and also provided State Lands to over 1,500 Sierra Leoneans in a transparent manner.

“My ministry’s achievements within the last two years are incomparable. We have put proper documentation process in place for all the state lands acquired for a very long time. We have also prepared, implemented and monitored five structural layouts and community planning and designed modern cities for Grafton, Number 2, Mongeba, Gloucester Saddle and Mile13,” he stated.

The minister was speaking at Committee Room No.1 during a summoned by parliament to answer to allegation made by some residents in Freetown that his ministry was busy converting private lands into state lands.

Dr. Denis Sandy commended parliamentarians for inviting him to explain his activities as the political head and assured of his ministry’s determination to serve the nation diligently and fairly, despite few ‘unpatriotic’ criticisms against him for doing the right thing.

He disclosed that over Five Billion Leones have been generated from leases, building permits and freeholds, and that over 8,000 private survey cadastre plans have also been signed.

Also, the Lands Minister stated that the ministry’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism have succeeded in settling over 150 disputes peacefully, as well as 150 development control and enforcement issues within the Western Area and the provinces.

“Our collective effort as a Ministry has yielded great dividend towards the New Direction Agenda. We have paid for all Airfield and Reservation Quarters in the provinces and resurveyed learning institutions like Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone), Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (Goderich Campus) and Njala University (Mokonde),” he disclosed.

Lawmakers showered praises on the Minister and the Ministry for such remarkable achievements, noting that such will help to build public trust and confidence in doing business with the ministry using the right channels.

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