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Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair has commended the National Land Agency (NLA) for embarking on a project, which has resulted in 37 certificates of title being issued to persons occupying land settlement schemes in Hanover, Westmoreland, and St. James.
Speaking at a recent handing over ceremony, at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall in Montego Bay, Mayor Sinclair said the Government, through the NLA, should be lauded for “providing Jamaicans with legal alternatives to squatting on properties, which do not belong to them.”
“Indeed, congratulations are in order, for we must admit that the agency has embarked on a phenominal development that has been beneficial to many Jamaicans, some of whom have received their certificates of title, through the Government of Jamaica Land Settlement Programme,” he said.
Mayor Sinclair further observed that the government has made it possible, through the projects of the NLA, for the average Jamaican citizen to legally attain land.
“Our ability to provide Jamaicans with legal alternatives to squatting on properties.is indeed the way of the future. We must move away from being re-active to illegal settlements by creating the avenues through which our citizens will easily and willingly comply with the laws and regulations of this country. As the local authority of the parish, the St. James Parish Council is appreciative of the move on the National Land Agency’s part and is in full support of actions with regard to the aid given to those who will today, and in the future, receive their certificates of title,” he said.
“We must continue to work together in our aim to build a better Jamaica. We can achieve this by supporting our fellow citizens and by respecting the laws that regulate our actions,” the Mayor emphasised.