PS Sanyang made these remarks at a press briefing at the ministry’s office complex in Banjul on Tuesday.
He said that his ministry was ready to work with the communities by giving them their rights if violated by the government on land issues across the country.
According to him, section (4) of the Land Acquisition and compensation Act 1991 states that the minister may acquire any land for public purpose, saying therefore such consideration or compensation as may be agreed on or determined in accordance with this Act.
However, the ministry acknowledges that compensation has not been paid to Kebba Kunda family of Sukuta for the acquisition of a portion of their land for public purpose (Salagi Layout) during the acquisition process.
PS Sanyang added that the ministry will work closely with Kebba Kunda family to effect the said compensation in accordance with the land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1991.
He said section 24 of the Physical Planning and Development Control Act 1991, states that a person shall not carry out any development on any land subject to the provision of this Act, unless that person has been issued with a development permit in respect of the land by the planning authority of Area in which the land is situated.