EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A national launching to address land and natural resource conflicts in The Gambia was hosted by the Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs, Musa Drammeh in Kololi on Wednesday.
The two-day convergence brought together stakeholders to discuss major causes of disputes over land with a view to popularize a solution oriented legal framework and policy.
Funded by the United Nation Peace Building Fund at the tune of 1.4 million Dollars, the project is jointly implemented by the agriculture ministry, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and UNDP.
Minister Drammeh said at the opening on Wednesday that his ministry is incapacitated due to shortage in technical and financial resources, to respond to the too many crises in the wake of increased number of real estate developers.
He attributed the challenge to the rapid urbanization as manifested in the demand for both residential and industrial investments on the land.
Mr. Drammeh said conflicts over land continue to persist among different communities in the country, saying while a lot of cases are found in courts, the current constitutional provision does not seem to guarantee a long-term solution.
Some of the prominent hit sites of similar crisis include Farato, Faraba-Banta, Taneneh, and Gunjur.
United Nations resident coordinator Seraphine Wakana observed that there has been escalation in tension over land disputes within the past two years in the country, noting that there must be dialogue between all stakeholders to address the situation.