This Act provides for the power of the Minister to declare works as public works and land as land required for public works. The land affected by such a declaration order vests in the State at the expiration of one month after the date of the order. It further provides, among other things, for, (assessment of) compensation, entry upon land, powers of Minister, arbitration. (30 sections)
Amended by: Acquisition of Land (Land Settlement) Act (Cap. 62:06). (1959)
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.