[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Public Works says that it is “extremely disturbed” at the persistence of some persons who have continued squatting on land dedicated to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) as part of an expansion plan.
In a statement, the Ministry said it is “extremely disturbed and disappointed by the barefaced actions of squatters who continue to clear lands vested to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). Despite repeated warnings by the Police law enforcement officers, squatters persist to clear and burn sections of lands to erect structures and farm.”
The statement said that On Thursday, April 9, CJIA staff and police stumbled upon renewed squatting activity in Timehri North, in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ammo Dump and the Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). The squatters were cautioned to discontinue their actions.
The Ministry said it cannot condone squatting on lands allocated for the expansion of the CJIA.
“Cease and desist signs will be erected in the area shortly. Law enforcement officers will arrest and charge anyone who breaches the order,” the statement reported.
It was noted that the Ministry and the Airport Authority, since 2008, have held meetings and engaged in one-on-one conversations with squatters on relocation options, the airport expansion and health and safety risks of living in close proximity to the Airport.
“The Ministry of Public Works wonders what has stimulated the resumption of squatting on Airport and Public Lands earmarked for a critical national development project. At the same time, helping squatters relocate to suitable areas to ensure their source of income/livelihood is sustained is also top on the Ministry’s list of priorities,” said the statement.