100 Westmoreland residents receive land possession certificates
Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, on Friday presented 100 residents of Hertford/Morass Lane in Westmoreland with official certificates of possession for lands on which they have been living for decades.
The handing over ceremony was held at the Hertford New Testament Church of God, Petersfield, Westmoreland.
The presentation of certificates forms part of a process which will allow approximately 800 families of former sugar workers who have been living on these lands for a number of years, the opportunity of property/home ownership.
In delivering the main address, Kellier congratulated the recipients while noting the very important and significant step that has been taken by residents towards becoming legitimate home owners in possession of their legal titles.
"For many long years both you and your forefathers have toiled long and hard on the sugar estates and today promises a phenomenal turning point for you and your families and for future generations," said Kellier.
He informed that as part of the transformation process in sugar dependent areas, the government has recognized the dire need for the provision of improved housing for estate workers and their families.
"In response to the decades-old problem, the Government of Jamaica is undertaking a comprehensive programme of transformation in our sugar dependent communities to address social infrastructure and socio-economic issues in these communities," Kellier further said.