Saturday 21 September, 2019

Norwood residents get land titles

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (right), presents Norwood resident, Curdillio Evans, with her land title. Photo via JIS.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (right), presents Norwood resident, Curdillio Evans, with her land title. Photo via JIS.

Roderick Watson of Norwood, St. James, is a happy and proud landowner today, the Jamaica Information Service reported.

The tiler, who has lived in Norwood for 24 years, recently received the title for the property he calls home.

He was among more than 100 residents of the community, who were presented with titles for property that they occupy, some for well over two decades.

The documents were handed over under the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s (HAJ) titling programme aimed at empowering Jamaicans living in communities across the island that have been regularised.

Watson said he feels “empowered.”

“I am happy for this. It is a good moment. We have been longing for this for a long time and now nobody can call us squatters anymore. We now own a piece of Jamaica and I am proud,” he noted.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was at the title presentation ceremony, congratulated the recipients.

“(These) are the individuals, who have actually paid down for their lots and are receiving their registered titles. This is a genuine registered title, insured by the Government of Jamaica, that demarks the property you are on and it is yours,” he pointed out.

He noted that they have made investments in their homes and community and have played a major role in changing how the area is viewed.

Dr. Chang urged the residents to recognise the value of their title and to use it appropriately.

“The Jamaican land title is an important piece of instrument. I think many of you have invested much in your homes over the years. You have worked hard, it has taken you a long time, a lot of hard work and sweat to put it there and your own self-worth, self-pride and ambition have given you a comfortable space,” he said.

He noted that the road improvement programme in Norwood will continue in an effort to keep pace with the rate of housing developments in the area.

Meanwhile, Minister Chang informed that the Government is embarking on a comprehensive programme to improve the infrastructure in informal communities.

This includes providing legal access to services and amenities such as electricity and water.

“There are thousands of Jamaicans living in such areas…what we want to do is to transform them. The programme will be adequately funded,” he pointed out.

 

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