THE PROBLEM OF SQUATTING IN 2018

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission says that too many agencies dealing with land titling and the issuance of land. He claims that some of them have also misused their authority. The details in this report from Javone Vickerie

CEO of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission Trevor Benn explained that the commission had its fair share of challenges as it relates to the issue of squatting countrywide. Mr. Benn told the media during a year-end press conference that too many agencies dealing with the issuance of land for residential and commercial use. He stated that this problem has affected the work of the commission, who has been challenged legally by owners. The CEO used the opportunity to candidly speak out on the issue of land agencies allegedly selling and in some instances, giving away land. Mr. Benn said it is having a trickling effect on other agencies. 

He stated that in other instances, persons solicit government reserves by way of payments to the agencies and a decision taken several years ago to close a monitoring unit on the Linden Soesdyke Highway has now resulted in enormous squatting in the district. 

Mr. Benn stated that since this development, the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission have taken steps to minimize on these occurrences in the interest of the public.

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