167 Amelia’s Ward Squatters Sign-up for Land Titles

167 Amelia’s Ward Squatters Sign-up for Land Titles

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Housing and Water facilitated the processing of Certificates of Title for the first 167 individuals squatting in Amelia’s Ward-Phase Four, Linden, Region Ten.

Led by Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues, along with Mr. Sherwyn Greaves, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), and Mr. Gladwin Charles, CH&PA Director of Community Development, the event took place at the Linden Foundation Secondary School. Regional Chairman Mr. Deron Adams, Regional Executive Officer Mr. Dwight John, and other regional representatives were also in attendance.

This initiative fulfills a commitment made by Minister Rodrigues in early 2021 during her visit to the area, promising regularisation. With their ownership documents secured, persons will be able to have legal access to basic utilities such as electricity and water, and approach financial institutions for loans/mortgages.

Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues addressing beneficiaries.

Minister Rodrigues emphasized the value of landownership, stating it unlocks numerous opportunities. She highlighted the government’s systematic approach to address squatting in Region Ten and nationwide, and stressed the importance of Guyanese collaborating with the Housing Ministry.

A section of the gathering at the Linden Foundation Secondary School

In Amelia’s Ward-Phase Four, squatting began in 2018-2019, with applicants engaging the Guyana Lands & Surveys Commission (GL&SC) for land acquisition. However, no government agency met with the group until 2020, when the new administration took office and CH&PA engaged the committee representing the informal settlers. Structures were numbered in December 2020, however, continued occupancy led further numbering and documentation in 2021-2022, necessitating revised plans. CH&PA acquired ownership in 2022 and completed surveying in 2023. Approximately 400 individuals reside in the area. The agency will continue to work with the remaining persons.

Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues, handing over an Agreement of Sale to beneficiaries.

Minister Rodrigues reiterated the illegality of squatting and zero tolerance for new instances.

The Community Development Director, Mr. Charles highlighted the importance of regularisation for residents, emphasizing ongoing infrastructure development to ensure sustainable living environments.

Infrastructure improvements include completed road works and ongoing installation of pipe networks and electrical poles.