Santa Cruz receives land title

Kaieteur News
January 12, 2007

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Amerindian communities countrywide are being provided with their land titles as a result of the Jagdeo administration's survey and demarcation process which is being implemented through the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues on Wednesday handed over a 28.707 square miles land title to Toshao of Santa Cruz in Region One (Barima/Waini), John Campbell. The title was handed over in the Ministry's compound. Officials of the Ministry also disclosed that a number of additional titles have been approved by Cabinet and will be handed over to the respective communities shortly. Those approved are Rewa, Crash Water and Apoteri in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo).

Meanwhile an extension for Warapoka in Region One has also been approved by Cabinet. Over the years, the land titling process as it relates to Amerindian communities has been gaining momentum.

Last July, President Jagdeo handed over two land titles and one extension to three communities: Kaburi in Region Seven, Fairview in Region Eight and Annai in Region Nine. Kaburi received a title for 42 square miles of land, Fairview , 82 square miles and Annai's extension was 62 square miles. These were in addition to another batch of land grants handed over by the President on March 10, last.

The beneficiaries were Campbelltown and Micobie in Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) and Arukamai and Kamwatta in Region One (Barima/Waini). Those to receive titles are Kabakaburi and Tapacuma in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam).

On September 22, 2005, Toshaos of five communities received titles for their villages from the Head of State- Weruni, Muritaro, Malali and Great Falls in Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Upper Berbice) and Orealla in Region Six (East Berbice/ Corentyne). These communities now have legal ownership to their land.