Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021. 2:27 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Minister of State for Human Development and area representative for Port Loyola, Gilroy Usher, Sr., says he is pushing his colleague, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources Cordel Hyde, to rescind a planned acquisition of a land parcel in his division obtained for a relatively small sum, and return the money to the would-be purchaser, or acquire the land for public purpose and move to give the land to deserving constituents.
Last July, the prospective landowner tried to acquire the land in someone else’s name and nearly succeeded in getting title, but the backlog at the Lands Department meant the acquisition could not be completed in time for general elections.
Usher told reporters that the equivalent of eight 50 by 75-foot lots contained in the parcel were sold for $1,000 total – about $125 per lot when subdivided. The parcel is located on Boots Crescent and was filled in, making it even more valuable.
Usher says he has passed on the relevant documents to the Ministry, including an affidavit from the person whose name was used in this and other land transactions in the division, and is hoping for a favorable response.
As for the would-be purchaser, described as “the most influential man in the division for 12 years,” Usher says he can get his money back, but may also find himself in handcuffs if criminal activity is established.
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