Sierra Leone

Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment plans geospatial survey


The online newspaper, Sierra Express Media, has published an interesting article about the work of the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Hon. Musa Tarawally.

You can read the full article here.

The article praises the work and ethics of the minister and states that he has a zero tolerance approach to corruption. It states that he has generated SLL 4 billion in revenue last year (about £558,000).

The Minister is described as “patient and innovative, ready to listen and to seek advice from others”.

In an interview with the minister the paper reveals that “he was committed to developing a biometric registration of land to satisfy ownership claim and security of ownership to make land a financial instrument for economic activities”.

The newspaper also quotes the minister as saying that “he has put in place for the decentralization of land system so that the rural areas would find it less cumbersome in case of legalizing ownership of land” and that “his Ministry was in the process of undertaking a geospatial survey in partnership with multilateral companies to identify and demarcate our natural resource capacity for the provision of a development plan”.

Finally the newspaper reports that the minister disclosed “that the survey would collect data on the water sources for hydro distribution and irrigation purposes, forest reserves for environmental, economic and tourist development, mining deposits for mineral activities and topographic survey for infrastructural and city development”.

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