Lands Department failing system; BGYEA granted extension
On another part of the Highway, Mile forty-one on the Western is the place called Harmonyville. In May of this year we told you how Harmonyville applicants were pressing forward to secure the titles to their land. The applicants were given three months to make their payments for their land but that never happened. Nigel Petillo, the president of the grassroots organization, BGYEA, told News Five that the central system at the Lands Department was wiped out and so far the records haven’t been fully restored. As a result, Harmonyville members who wanted to make payments for their land before the end of this month were worrying they would lose their property. But Petillo says, the department has allowed them an extension since the fault lies at Lands.
Nigel Petillo, President, BGYEA
“As we all know the members of Harmonyville had been issued their land documents dated May twenty-fifth of this year, 2012. That document encourages you to go in and make your payment towards yuh thousand dollars or yuh pay yuh thousand dollars up front. Either way, the document also states that there is a three month deadline so three months from May twenty-fifth will lead us to August twenty-fifth that is like next week. But it was said that if yuh nuh mek yuh payment within that date deh then that document becomes invalid and then yuh dah have to start dah process deh all over again. However, I was able to meet with the Commissioner yesterday and he explained to us what really happened. There was a problem with the system; first of all there was a situation where the file wasn’t open yet and take about a month fi that open and after that people start go dah Lands only to find out their names not in the system and there was a deleting of the files or a corrupt in the system where some of the files were deleted away. So we had a back lash where about two to three hundred people visited this office and calling wanting to know what’s going on. However, the Commissioner assured us that between now and September they supposed to get that system up back and running. What I want to do now is to formally mention to our members of Harmonyville, if you have yuh hard copy; yuh lease or yuh purchase price letter or yuh receipt weh say yuh document is in process at Lands Department, we encourage you to visit the Lands Department with either of those documents there and ensure that yuh names get back inna the system. The commissioner also said that they will give us back that three months extension because of the fact that we neva been able to really process any of deh documents deh, suh yuh have yuh three months again fi guh back to Lands Department and get yuh payments on. It means that yuh have to pay down yuh first hundred and sixty seven dollars and then yuh have bout three years fi complete the balance of the thousand dollars.”
“So now Nigel you said that you guys were given a three month extension; when is the deadline for that extension?”
“Well, we nuh get anything official yet from the Government; this morning on WAVE Radio, the Commissioner and the C.E.O. responded to us by saying that we have a three months extension. I will be meeting with the government sometime today to get something in writing to say that okay, due to their error or flaws we at Harmonyville have been issued another three months.”