By Samuel Ben Turay
Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Musa Tarawally, has craved media partnership to fight land grabbing in the country.
Speaking at the conference hall of his ministry at Youyi building last Friday, Tarawally enjoined journalists to join the fight against land grabbing and squatters in the country, with the hope that the media would support him espouse policies, laws and processes aimed at addressing land use, management and transaction.
He said the Lands ministry was on the verge of establishing a land biometric registration that would certify ownership and transactions.
He said that in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ministry has developed a new land policy that would direct the development of sustainable land tenure system for the short, medium and long terms.
“As a nation, our baseline for national development is inescapably our natural resources. I have thought it fit to include it in my performance contract, the geo-spatial survey, to know and develop data on what we have on land,” said Mr. Tarawally. “The development of a data on our natural resources is noticeably the most solid foundation for society’s economic planning. Of course, no doubt, will certainly signpost the way for the confirmation of our water sources in the enablement of hydro-electric and irrigation systems, land for industrial farming, forest reserves for forest industries and tourist sites, our fish and mineral reserves respectively.”
The minister stressed that such would provide information for national development planning, planning of concession areas to avoid conflict with communities, better town planning, and the expansion of facilities for community livelihood activities, including farming.