The prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, recently accompanied the federal cabinet members to a media interaction. The press interaction or the Prime Minister’s press conference had all the cabinet in attendance. In this press conference, the Minister of sustainable development, Joyelle Clarke, took the opportunity to make a significant announcement. During the press conference, she reiterated her commitment to providing land to the people on the island.
Minister Clarke stated that her Ministry has a land initiative as its core objective. The LAND initiative stands for Land Allocation, Normalization and Distribution. The Minister of sustainable development also announced they are resuming payments for the lands allocated in 2020 and 2021.
Minister Joyelle Clarke announced that the people who received their lands till 2020 may resume the payments to the treasury. She clarified that they could make these payments directly to the treasury. Further, Minister Joyelle Clarke advised that the citizens who received lands in the year 2021 must submit their survey documents and confirm their payment status with the Ministry of sustainable development.
After they receive confirmation from the Ministry, landowners can resume the payments for their lands to the treasury. They also talked about the allocations in the year 2023. She stated that the Ministry kindly asks for more patience for persons who were allocated lands in 2022. The Ministry is seeking to finalize the major challenges associated with land distribution during that year. The challenges in question include double and triple allocations and allocations to Lots which do not exist.
She added that the Ministry looks forward to resuming land allocation in August 2023. The Minister stated that the Ministry of sustainable development remains committed to this Mandate of empowerment of citizens through land ownership. Further, the Ministry is acting on its Mandate through its updated land initiative, which has sought to document, assess and restructure the land allocation process and land use.