According to Minister Collin Croal, the Ministry of Housing has paid a total of $250 million in home compensation to 27 squatters in Cane View, Mocha, East Bank Demerara. Additionally, the ministry has given the squatters $6 million for their crops.
The announcement comes amid an ongoing controversy surrounding the eviction and relocation of the squatters, which entered its third day on Thursday. Croal sought to clarify the situation and address the squatters’ concerns.
The compensation and relocation efforts have been met with mixed reactions from the squatters, with some accepting the ministry’s offers while others have resisted. However, Croal emphasized the importance of the ministry’s efforts to provide adequate housing and compensation to those affected by the eviction.
The ministry’s actions have been criticized by some quarters, with some accusing the government of not doing enough to address the issue. However, Croal has defended the ministry’s efforts, saying they are working to provide the best possible solution for all parties involved. Joel Vogt reports