“The People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) government has proven itself a true friend to its supporters,” said a government official who spoke about the amount of assets the PPP administration gave to its friends, family and supporters.
The official, who holds a high position in the public service, told Kaieteur News that vast lands, in and out of commercial areas, have been “handed over for a few pennies”.
The official pointed out areas where land was given to friends of the PPP. Some of which he highlighted was well reported on in the media. These include lands that were given to Eddie Boyer, Ed Ahmad and others.
However, the official indicated that it is much more than that. He said that thousands of acres of land were given to a businessman identified as Hakeem Mohammed.
Mohammed has been able to access over 4000 acres of state land located at Moblissa.
Kaieteur News was told that former President Donald Ramotar was the one who gave the land to Mohammed. The official said that Mohammed is well known to Ramotar.
Contacted yesterday, Ramotar said that he indeed authorized the use of the land, because Mohammed had lots of cattle with nowhere to put it.
He explained that former Chairman of GuySuCo, Vic Oditt was in possession of the land for many years, “but he was not doing anything with it.”
Ramotar said that Oditt was leased the land. However, the lease agreement came to an end quite some time before the land was handed to Mohammed.
The former President said that a similar agreement to what Oditt enjoyed, was handed to Mohammed. He stressed that “this is an above board arrangement.” He also said that he doubts that the land given was as big as 4000 acres.
However, Kaieteur News understands that there is little paper trail about the process Mohammed went through to obtain the land. Sources say that he did not submit any proposal to the then government to justify access to such a vast amount of land.
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