Land matters


The new urban land and immovable property registration bill had its day in the sun, as the Ministry of Urban Development & Construction (MOUDC) called a national consultation meeting with regional bureau heads and officials from Federal ministries and offices and other stakeholders, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

The bill, to take effect soon, will require all those that have user rights over urban land and in possession of immovable property, to register and obtain a unique ID number that will serve as proof of ownership.

High level officials like Ali Suleiman, left, the Federal Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commissioner and Menbere Tsehay, federal cassastion bench justice were present at the consultation.

Some attendants questioned the necessity of the bill, while others complained that it was too hasty, and gave too much power to administrative courts. The time limits for settling disputed land use or ownership rights during registration were also questioned. Others appreciating the bill thought that it could go one step further and repeal the 1967 land proclamation.

After hearing suggestions and questions, Mekuria Haile, right, minister of Urban Development & Construction, gave those present 15 days to submit additional recommendations to the Ministry. He also urged them to introduce and familiarise the bill in their respective regions and offices.



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