By: Sulaiman Williams
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and the Environment held a steering committee meeting on National Land Policy implementation at the St Anthony’s hall on 3rd September 2019.
The chairman of the occasion who also doubles as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, said the meeting was to formulate the Customary Land Right and the Land Commission bills respectively.
Lands Minister Dr Denis Sandy said the Customary Land Right and the Land Commission bills development are World Bank requirements to raise funds for the government that is why they brought together stakeholders from all sectors, NGOs, Communities, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, UN agencies, and the media, among others, to witness the start of the process.
He said they as a ministry want the document to be people and community owned, the reason why they will be going to meet with them in the provinces.
He said the essence of the Customary Land Right bill is to give serious consideration and importance to women in the provinces for them to own land as he fervently believes that when women own land it will lift them out of poverty because they will use it to farm or build houses that no one will take away from them. “Particular consideration is being given to women as this country will not progress without women,” the minister said.
The New Direction government, he continued, will support and provide security for women to own land and that all concerns raised by the women will be included in the document.