After issuing an ultimatum for the Cevon’s waste disposal company to vacate the land it purchased for $100 million from the Lands and Surveys Commission, the Government of Guyana now appears to be having second thoughts about its demand.
Attorney General Anil Nandlall has announced that there have been meetings with the management at Cevon’s and the plan is to now move to regularize the purchase with the National Sports Commission, which the Attorney General maintains was the rightful owner of the land along Mandela Avenue.
The Lands and Surveys Commission, which is a government agency, will likely be asked to transfer the sale and payments made to the National Sports Commission which falls under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture.
Attorney General Nandlall told reporters that that owner of Cevon’s has outlined the amount of money he has already spent on developing the land, building his company’s headquarters and the partnership he has entered with two other companies to establish businesses on the land.
“It all seems genuine and so the matter is being investigated and is being reviewed to see how best the situation can be resolved”, Mr. Nandlall said.
The Attorney General said it will be the National Sports Commission that will have to deal with the regularization of the sale on the advice and guidance of the government.
“They will have to address the matter and we have to look at what projects they may have had in plans for the land and those kinds of things”, he said.
Nandlall wanted the Cevon’s company to remove from the land by the end of March, declaring that the sale was improperly done by the Lands and Surveys Commission since it did not have ownership of the land.
But the Cevon’s Management has been maintaining that it did nothing wrong in purchasing the land since it followed all legal requirements, met all demands, and even paid more than the land was valued.