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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Report damns Lands Ministry

By Alusine Sesay

A baseline evaluation report on equitable land rights promotion reveals that 98% of respondents in three districts have no knowledge of the new land policy being prepared by the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment.

The report, launched by Search for Common Ground and funded by Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA), was conducted in three districts – Bombali, Pujehun and Port Loko – where the issue of land grabbing is rife as a result of the influx of foreign companies who have high demand for land.

The report also reveals that those who responded that they have knowledge about the land policy said they didn’t participate in its formulation.

The report says many respondents revealed that they were told the companies operating in their districts would bring development into their communities by providing scholarships for school children, potable water, improved health facilities and construct roads, but such promises were yet to be fulfilled.

Further, the report indicates that land owners were not involved in land lease negotiations, as they were only represented by either Paramount Chiefs or Parliamentarians.

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