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Steps Toward Single Land Act Begin in April

Thursday 29th April, 2018 – The move by the government to have a single Land Act for Antigua and Barbuda will begin next month when the matter is placed before Parliament.

The repeal of the existing Act is set for April 13th.

Government contends if Antigua and Barbuda is a unitary state, then the existing Act is unconstitutional. They are moving ahead to make the necessary changes that will result in a single Act that will not prove discriminatory. Many Barbudans are of the opinion that no one else should own their lands. The existing Act gives themthe right to occupy lands on the sister isle without title deeds.

Addressing the re-building programme underway in Barbuda, Cabinet spokesperson the Hon. Meford Nicholas today (Thursday) reiterated statements made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne last week that Barbudans must now step up and play their role in returning the island to normalcy, following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma last year.

Nicholas pledged government’s continued commitment towards Barbudans, but he stated there needs to be more direct involvement from them.

Engineer Franklyn Southwell is now employed as project manager with oversight of the re-building programme in Barbuda.

Five Million Euros were pledged by the European Union this week to the ongoing work on the sister isle. According to the Cabinet spokesperson, while many are of the belief that the work is moving at snail’s pace, the issue of spending has to be examined carefully.

Melford Nicholas.

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