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Jan 14, 2021

Minister Hyde Plans to Weed Out Corruption from the Top to the Bottom

Cordel Hyde

It was infamously dubbed as a “hotbed of corruption” by former Prime Minister Dean Barrow and tonight, new Lands Minister Cordel Hyde speaks of the unabated pillaging of crown land facilitated by former ministers and employees of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Land scams, land grabs – it is all being uncovered by Minister Hyde, who says that many changes will be undertaken at the department, including some persons being terminated. Hyde says that it is not to be confused with political victimization, but a change in the culture of doing things.


Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources

“I try to outline a bit of it in the House, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg really. It is really just a grand scheme all over from way back in the days of Vega where people were conned. Ordinary people would go to an area representative with your social security card to get some kind of assistance. They get a copy of your social security cards and are able to do all kinds of magical stuff with your social security card. They are able to put lands in your name and you don’t know. You get a piece of land in a prime location and you don’t know.  Those conniving people end up selling those lands in your name, transferring it from your name into someone else’s name and you don’t know. Our job is to change that, our job is to go in a different direction and change the culture there. As I said in the House meeting last week to our public officers and would-be public officers, if you want to help poor people and give them a chance to own a piece of land, then we’ll be good. But if that’s not what you are into and you just want to get rich and all you are worried about is yourself, then we are going to be bad. But it is the tall order and the task we have to change the culture and make sure that this department works for ordinary people. Make sure that ordinary people, who have long been disenfranchised, long been disadvantaged, long been voiceless and landless and hopeless that they get an opportunity to own something.”

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