Lands Minister Pays Le1.5B To Landowners


The Minister of Lands, Housing and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy this week reportedly continued work aimed at rationalizing land ownership nationwide.

This time the Lands Minister reportedly took the exercise to the Southern and Eastern Regions starting in the two regional headquarters of Bo and Kenema cities. In Bo, Dr. Denis Sandy and team on Monday reportedly engaged landowning families with regards Government Reservation Land and the Airfield, and that an agreement was reached to sell the land to government on a freehold basis instead of the government continuing to pay lease rent.

After the negotiation, report states, the landowners agreed to cede the land to the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and were compensated with a down payment of about Le700 million, thus making the Bo Reservation Land the sole property of Government.

On Tuesday, a similar engagement was reported to have taken place with the Ngombulango, Kaisamba, Swaray and other prominent landowning families in Nongowa Chiefdom for the purchase of the Kenema Reservation Land, Airfield and reserved land in Tissor on the outskirts of Kenema city.

In Kenema too, the landowners reportedly agreed to the bargain struck with them by the Lands Minister and were rewarded with a down payment of about Le800 million. In both Bo and Kenema, the landowning families reportedly noted with satisfaction that this was the first time since 1970 that the government had paid them for their lands.

After the done deal, report states that the Lands Minister instructed government surveyors in Bo and Kenema to draw up a new survey plan of the acquisitions to be presented to the Minister tomorrow, Friday, this week.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sandy is reported to have disclosed that the same exercise would be replicated in Makeni, Magburaka and other urban areas in the provinces.