Scores of Ituni residents receive house lot allocation

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, August 25, 2018

Several Ituni residents in Region Ten received on the spot house lot allocation during a visit by Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Adams-Patterson-Yearwood. Residents were also afforded on the spot interviews while some benefited from sold house lots at a cost of $59,400.

The minister said that there is adequate land available in the community for residents adding that there should be no squatting in the community.

“There are house lots available in Ituni. There is no shortage here. So, I have appealed to the community not to squat. They can take their applications to the Linden office and have them processed there…so there is no need for any person in Ituni to be squatting” the minister stated.

Travon Chase, who is originally from Georgetown but now resides in Ituni, capitalised on the opportunity to receive his house lot allocation. Chase said “I decided that I wanted to start a life here and to find a community where the cost for house lots are reasonable and to be able to get a lot so cheap is a sort of giveaway offer so I said I must apply for it now.”

Keisha Griffith, Community Development Officer of Ituni was instrumental in arranging the outreach in the community. Griffith said that residents were pleased that the process was being carried out smoothly and in a timely manner.

“Residents are remarking that things are developing in the community, like housing, regularization and so forth so I can safely say that the residents are happy for this outreach,” Griffith stated.

Similar sentiments were also echoed by the Community Development Council (CDC), Chairman Kurt Murphy who said the Ituni residents were very appreciative of the price that house lots were being sold.

Residents who did not get to attend the meeting, are advised that they can visit the Linden Central Housing and Planning Authority where they can apply for land at the same cost. Other residents also received titles for their lands which were outstanding for a number of years.

Additionally, the minister said that for the 2019 budget, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) will be rehabilitating three roads in the community selected by the residents.

By: Isaiah Braithwaite

Images: Kennyann Bacchus

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