Trinidad, like Barbados, suffers from politicians who believe that public land somehow magically becomes their private asset upon election to government. In Barbados, we’ve even had government minister Gline Clarke and his outside mistress living on land that was expropriated from the private owners ‘for government purposes’.
A detrimental ‘land grab’ is almost upon our country and we all need to be alert to prevent the destruction of our patrimony and prospects.
Hon. Jairam Seemungal, MP. Minister of Land and Marine Resources
The State owns most of the land in the country – recent estimates by Minister of Land & Marine Resources, Jairam Seemungal, place the proportion of State-owned land in the 63% range – and as such those lands are critical national assets with which a progressive government could seek to address issues of poverty in a sustainable fashion. Those policies would have to be redistributive in nature if they are to effectively address the serious poverty faced by some of our citizens. That means the State using our resources to provide affordable land and housing to those who are unable to do so in the open market. It is critical to ensure that these…
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