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  • Over 100 residents of the St. Catherine community of Clifton are now proud landowners.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on May 20, presented the residents with certificates of possession for land, which they have occupied for many years.
  • Clifton is one of 30 communities across five parishes were tenure is being regularised under Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings’ (SCJH) Community Regularization and Development Programme.

Over 100 residents of the St. Catherine community of Clifton are now proud landowners.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on May 20, presented the residents with certificates of possession for land, which they have occupied for many years.

Clifton is one of 30 communities across five parishes were tenure is being regularised under  Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings’ (SCJH) Community Regularization and Development Programme.

The parishes are Westmorland, St. Thomas, Trelawny, St. Catherine, and Clarendon.

By year end, a total of 400 families are slated to benefit under the programme, which enables former sugar workers, residing on lands owned by SCJH, to become legitimate property owners.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Clifton Playfield, the Prime Minster noted that the Government is undertaking a land titling programme, which will ensure that  Jamaicans have the opportunity “to turn their keys and to proudly own a piece of this rock called Jamaica.”

“We are empowering our people as registered land owners, owners of assets with which they can improve their lives,” she added.

She noted that the programme, which is being undertaken through various agencies,  is aimed at building communities for national development.

“Not only are persons being provided with decent, modern housing solutions that they own (but) we are building communities and promoting sustainable development of our people and our communities,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said as strives are made to “make more people registered land owners in Jamaica, we will reduce poverty, promote prosperity, build the economic base of families and create a more responsible society, and proud places for stable family life.”