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In Sierra Leone Lands Minister Cautions Grabbers
By Bampia Bundu & Dauda Koroma
Aug 27, 2010, 17:00

The Minister of Lands, Environment and Country Planning Dr. Denis Sandy has cautioned land grabbers that government plans to properly streamline the city for future development. He made this disclosure on 26th August 2010 at the government weekly press briefing held in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information and Communication in Freetown.

Dr. Sandy made a clear spell out of his ministry’s stance in ensuring that by December this year nobody would be allowed to construct or live in disaster prone areas in the western area. He said they were going to embark on systematic and sustained demolition exercise of structures in those areas to prevent people from dwelling or thinking of building dwelling houses there. "The demolition exercise at the Aberdeen Creek is a demonstration that we will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that we reclaim all government lands in the country," he informed. He said they were very particular with disaster prone areas to prevent further lose of lives and property.

The Minister said he had already written a letter to cabinet requesting for support as they needed more equipment to undertake the task of demolition.

He used the opportunity to call on members of the press to join hands with the ministry to educate the public on the risk involved in living disaster prone areas especially during the rainy seasons.

In conclusion however, the minister revealed that government had plans to relocate all those affected by the exercise in such areas like Kroo Bay, Falcon Bridge and other dangerous sites within the city.

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