On accepting the preliminary report from the land review committee over the weekend at his Youyi building office, Benjamin Davies, the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, expressed frustration over some of the donor intervention into our communities.
He noted that some of the donors who intervene into our communities under the pretext of development and poverty alleviation have very little to show because their interventions are neither enjoyed nor reflected in the lives of the people.
The thrust of the exercise, he said, was to ensure a “unified land legislation” required for land management in the four corners of the country to mitigate the hindrance of land tenure system to investment and national development.
The land review committee, he said, was set up by his Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice to review the existing land legislations in the country and to make the necessary recommendations, if any, for amendment.
The committee is also expected to make further recommendation for the origination of any new piece of legislation deemed necessary to support the overall desire to improve access to investment in and use of land in Sierra Leone.
The review is also an aim to finalize any draft legislation that is already available and to work with relevant authorities to prepare the same for presentation to cabinet and parliament.
In fulfillment of the above, the committee has reviewed the following core pieces of legislation and the national land policy dated 8th February, 2005: The town and country planning ACT –CAP 81 of the laws of Sierra Leone, the survey ACT 128, registration instruments ACT-CAP 256, the general registration ACT –CAP 255, THE UK LAND REGISTRATION Act 2002, the commercial use of land bill 2005 ,the provinces land Act –Cap 122 as amended by Act No. 29 of 1972 and the national land policy dated 8th February 2005.
By Solomon Rogers