(Editor’s note: This commentary was sent to us in an email copied to the Office of the Prime Minister.)
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Hopefully, this email will reach someone that actually gives a damn.
I am a Vincentian, and it is, of course, good to see our island making progress with the building of an international airport, and I want to feel proud of that fact. However, how is this possible when the Government gives no thought to the landowners that have had their land compulsorily “purchased” by the IADC? My understanding is that there is a list of more than 60 people still waiting for what is rightfully theirs.
Why is it thought to be OK to take people’s land and years later still not pay them for it (at least 8 years in our case)? This whole enterprise is, therefore, being built on bad practices. It is tantamount to me saying to you ‘I like your car, I’m going to take it from you, and I’ll pay you if/when I feel like it’! It is outrageous!
For a lot of people, their land is their only asset, and the least the Government can do is to make sure they are fully compensated. The rates the Government is proposing to pay are less than half what the land is worth anyway! Another outrage!
The least the Government can do is pay the people! It is our properties that are making this whole airport venture possible!
Treat the people right and pay us what we are owed!
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