Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020. 8:53 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: This evening Nigel Petillo announced on social media the formation of a new organization focusing on land advocacy. And appropriately enough, its acronym is LANDS – Land Advocacy [for] National Sustainability and Development.
Its first project is the creation of a website this week where first-time potential land owners can register, indicating what kind of land they need and for what purpose.
In an interview with BBN late today, Petillo, former President of the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA), told us he also hopes to reveal the full picture of land ownership and availability by District and community.
The idea, he said is how to identify available land and continue the conversation abruptly ended last Sunday, May 17, at the Mile 44 property between Cotton Tree and Belmopan. According to Petillo, “the end goal is to make land available for every able-bodied Belizean according to his/her need and purpose”.
Petillo said that part of that conversation will have to be with the Ministry of Natural Resources. Popularly called the Lands Department, it has spent millions mapping and recording much of the history, geography, topography and other value of land in Belize.
And while he has few friends at the Lands Department these days, Petillo said he intends to put pressure on the Department to make clear what his database cannot reach.
As for the Mile 44 property claimed by Belmopan Land Development Corporation, Petillo told us he continues to investigate the Coorporation’s relationship to the property and to the Government.
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