St Elizabeth residents overjoyed at becoming landowners

St Elizabeth residents landowners

St Elizabeth residents overjoyed at becoming landowners

ST JAMES, Jamaica – Aggie Reynolds, a 73-year-old resident of Flagaman in St Elizabeth, is a happy and proud landowner today, having received a certificate of title for her property under the National Land Agency’s (NLA) Systematic Land Registration (SLR) titling programme.

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She is among 35 residents, now landowners who were recently presented with their titles during a ceremony at Newell High School in St Elizabeth that was addressed by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.

An emotional Reynolds said that she was elated to finally own a piece of Jamaica.

She said the parcel of land she occupies has been in her family for generations but she did not know the first step towards acquiring legal documentation for the property.

“I am… really elated… that I gained answers about things that were puzzling me; and I am so happy to receive my title and, as the Prime Minister said, ‘a part of Jamaica’. I can stand, declare and know that I am one of them,” she stated.

Reynolds was full of praise for the Systematic Land Registration Programme and encouraged Jamaicans to capitalise on benefits under the initiative.

“I would encourage other people to go about this and not fear and wonder about money. You just have to take a step and… be [the] owner of your own inheritance,” she shared.

“I just want to ‘big up’ [the NLA] for carrying out this task. It is one that is very important to all Jamaicans. I didn’t know [the process] would have been so fast. To the time when they visited me, I [was] really surprised to see how fast it came through,” she added.

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Another beneficiary, Zenora Davis of Pedro Plains, said she was extremely delighted to finally receive a title for the land she has occupied for over 30 years. 

“It is a great and wonderful thing. I feel very proud because I have this land over 30 years and this is the first opportunity [I have had] to legally own it; so I am very thankful,” she expressed.

Davis also had high praises for the land registration process and expressed gratitude to the Government for embarking on the revolutionary project that stands to benefit thousands of Jamaicans.

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St Elizabeth residents express joy at finally owing land they have occupied for years  Jamaica Observer


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