6 Jul 2007

Samoa NGO umbrella organisation seeks delay to land registration bill

10:00 am on 6 July 2007

Samoa's umbrella for non-governmental organizations or SUNGO has called on the government to delay the third reading of the proposed Land Registration bill 2007 so that the wider community can be further consulted about it.

The proposed legislation is scheduled to go through parliament next week.

SUNGO has put a number of recommendations on the issue to the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

It recommends a separate bill on registration of customary lands from freehold and public lands, given the ownership issue, and that the government should review the powers of the Registrar.

SUNGO says its recommendations are aimed at promoting social harmony in the country.

The parliamentary committee chairman of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Environment, responsible for the bill, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him has welcomed SUNGO's recommendations.