To prevent land grabbing…Lands Ministry erects signs on State Lands
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning has on Thursday July 16, 2020 together with his team erected sign posts on State Lands in the Freetown municipality.
Dr. Dennis Sandy, Director of Surveys and Lands, Tamba Dauda and Team of Surveyors were on site right through to erect the sign posts on state lands.
The move by the minister and team will send a strong warning to those engaged in grabbing or selling of state lands to desist forthwith. Sign posts were erected on state lands at Gloucester Saddle, Sussex and No. 2 River respectively.
“My motive is not to seize Land from people but to make sure they have proper documentation from the Ministry. I am the sole agent to issue out state lands as prescribed in the Land Policy Act of 2015,” Lands Minister, Dr. Dennis Sandy stated.
Youth Leader at Gloucester, Issa Bangura commended the Minister and his team for their diligent efforts in reclaiming state lands, while assuring them of ensuring the protection of the sign posts and also monitor the land at all times.
Director of Lands, Tamba Dauda, assured that the ministry would provide sufficient Land Guards to protect state lands for government, especially where the they have erected sign posts.
He also assured of the ministry determination and readiness to continue locating and reclaiming state lands on behalf of government.
Under the leadership of Dr. Sandy, the Lands ministry resurveyed and handed over 223 Acres of land to the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in June this year. A similar survey has also been done for both Fourah Bay College and Njala University.
The ministry has also enhanced the processing of documentation for all State Lands in the country.
Recently, the Minister and his team visited Bonthe District to assess state lands so as to ensure proper Planning of the district. Similar visits would be replicated in other Districts.