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Jan 8, 2021

Land Compensation Budget “Busted” By Former G.O.B.

Cordel Hyde

Minister Hyde then revealed that the investigation into the Lands Department uncovered the unthinkable; something he says he would have never thought would have been done.  In these challenging times of COVID-19, Hyde says that the land compensation budget ballooned with the then Barrow Administration issuing out fifteen million dollars in compensation in September alone.  He singles out one case in Belama where the government paid out more than six million dollars for mangrove land.

 

Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources

“The budget for land compensation for fiscal 2020-2021 is twelve million dollars. These people busted this budget in the middle of COVID while people were losing their jobs and struggling to feed their children and can’t pay their bills these people were busy racking up bills of twenty-two million dollars on land compensation. In the month of September alone they racked up over fifteen million in new land compensation commitments. Amazing, simply amazing. And in that month they did something that I thought was unthinkable, on September twenty-fifth 2020 the then government entered into a contract to pay a lady by the name Barbara Harris six million, sixty-seven thousand dollars for land in the Belama Area. Pure mangroves for six million dollars. The government then proceeds to subdivide the land into five big parcels and further attempt to subdivide these lands into a hundred and thirty house lots but elections were fast approaching and time was running out. So the fellows over there instead of issuing the lots to a hundred and thirty individuals or leaving the land to distribute to whomever emerges as the victorious decides to sell the six million dollars land to a former U.D.P. Senator and campaign manager for the member of Collet. Not for six million dollars, five million dollars or four million dollars or three or two or one million dollars. Those twenty six acres of land that the government paid six million dollars for was sold for twenty-six thousand dollars. And they weren’t done there. The original parcel of land owned by Mrs. Weir comprised thirty nine point four nine acres of land. Government bought twenty six acres of land and gave them title for the remaining thirteen point nine acres as part of the settlement agreement. She got her title November fifth of 202 but the following day November sixth 2020 the Land Department issued a purchase approval for the same thirteen point nine acres to one Roosevelt Blades. So it is not bad enough that Mister Blades got an opportunity to buy the six million dollars land not twenty six thousand but twenty three thousand, the twenty six acres of Belama land. He had to get the other thirteen acres for which the lady had already gotten title. It is insanity on stilts. But there is saving grace because Mister Blade did never complete the payments for the six parcels of land that comprised the twenty six acres and thirteen point four nine acres. The only paid about seventy five hundred dollars of the purchase price. So Madam Speaker, Mister Blades can come back for his money or someone over there can pick up the money for him. If they are shame to do either, then we can mail it to him, or deposit it t him or wire transfer it to him but that land he is not getting his paws on.”


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