Cameroon : Minister Identifies Four Hindrances To Land Occupation

Cameroon : Minister Identifies Four Hindrances To Land Occupation

Henri Eyebe Ayissi Breaks Them To Public, Social and Economic.

Four main areas have been identified as the problems to be handled in order to properly solve the  land issues. The Minister of State Property, Survey and Land Tenure during a special plenary sitting on legal Socio-economic and political aspects of land reorganization on the 5th July 2021 at the Yaounde Conference Center declared.Issues like absence of a clearly defined land, property, survey and heritage policy and patrimonial policy, the lack of control over the boundaries of administrative districts, leading to the lack of control over the perimeters of intervention of the actors, the lack of decentralization of land and property management are registered at the political and public level.He pointed out.

The existence of legal gabs in the legal and regulatory corpus, in particular with regards to the decree establishing the modalities of management of the public domain, provided for among the regulatory texts of application of the ordinance of July 6, 1974, the poor dissemination and lack of knowledge of the texts by various actors, the obsolescence of the texts, the lack of coherence between certain texts governing land and other natural resources (forests and mines), the lack of an effective mechanism for securing state owned land, the abundance of lack of control over land and property disputes.

Land disputes according to experts make up less than 85% of the role of the administrative courts and 65% of that of the judicial courts. These problems the Minister mentioned are noticed every day. The propensity for nationals and foreigners to seize large areas of land for speculative purposes by nationals and foreigners, legal insecurity and land transactions linked to the precariousness of titles, slowness, corruption and over costs in land transactions, low land productive due to planning and allocation problems. The restrictions on access to land for certain social groups in particular young people, youth and women, the multiplication of conflicts and litigations due to the insufficiency of tools for modernization of land management, the insufficient protection of the rights of customary communities over their ancestral land.

 By Takang Bisong

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