The long sought after and much needed Land and Survey board will be news to many Surveyors as government is now implementing it.
Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives, Oliver Joseph made this public declaration at a recent post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex at the Botanical Gardens in Tanteen, St. George’s.
According to Minister Joseph, CAP 162 of the revised laws of Grenada recommends that all surveyors on the island must be licensed to perform his or her duties.
He said there are many surveyors in the country who are seeking the necessary license but are unable to do so because of the absence of a functioning Land and Survey Board of Directors.
“Now this board is extremely critical. For the last five years or so this board was not in place and therefore Surveyors could not receive license,” he told reporters.
He pointed out that the regulation stipulated that for someone to get the license that person needs to sit an exam to be set by the board.
“For five years there was no exam so none of them (Surveyors) was licensed and Surveyors came to us consistently – they say they have tried for four-and-a-half years with the last government to get the board operating and the board never met,” Joseph explained.
“The board will have the first meeting shortly, then they can set the exam and we can have license Land Surveyors because that is a problem in Grenada, having surveyors and they are not licensed and we are moving quickly to address this matter,” he said.
Joseph stressed that one of the problems regularly faced by surveyors is that they would always have to seek a License Surveyor to piggy back on in order to sign when they have done a surveying job.
He said this problem would now be rectified with the board in place.
Under the law, the Director of Lands in the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands will chair the Board of Directors.