The Minister of Lands and Country Planning, Dennis M. Sandy, on Thursday 6th February 2020, said the Government has intensified efforts to reclaim State land illegally occupied by encroachers. and have contributed Le 4 billion to government coffers. The Minister revealed people encroached on State land without legal documentation and built houses without a building permit from the Ministry. On the other hand, he said some of those who acquired land through legal means do not have building permits. The Minister highlighted Grafton, Waterloo, Kent, Bureh Beach, Kissy Town, as areas where the Government has reclaimed State land. He said the Lands Ministry has instituted a ban on investors buying or acquiring land. He said the Ministry will determine the kind of structures to erect on land. “We decide the kind of structure land applicants should put up. Gone are the days when people can just erect any kind of structure they wish to erect,” he said. He said land distribution is based on applications, so that they could have a letter of offer from the Ministry. “It used to take up to five years to acquire State land but now it will not take more than a year to acquire,” he said. He added the Ministry is reviewing the Customary Land Act, which will be taken to the law officers and then to cabinet for approval before Parliament.
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