BUJUMBUA July 1st (ABP) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior, Community Development and Public Security, organized on Wednesday June 30, 2021 a national workshop for the validation of the report on access to land and land tenure security, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
In his opening speech, the permanent secretary in the ministry responsible for community development, Mr. Martin Ninteretse, said that one of the major concerns of the government Burundi is to optimize a national response that would allow equitable access to the land for the people of Burundi in general, and more particularly for people with specific needs, that is, women, girls, Batwa, returnees, and internally displaced persons, he added.
“We are awaiting with great interest relevant proposals, bringing out realistic, practical solutions that are rapidly operational, and which are adapted to the difficulties inherent in land management in Burundi”, underlined Mr. Ninteretse.
On that occasion, he generally thanked the partners for the quality of their cooperation and particularly the IOM, which, according to him, having clearly perceived the stakes of the issue, made available its support, both technical and financial, through its transversal project of “strengthening the reintegration capacity of Burundian returnees through access to housing, land and property, assistance in shelters, water and sanitation, in the provinces of Muyinga, Ruyigi and Cankuzo”, he insisted.
He also indicated that this project has enabled the land sector to strengthen its impact in the service of the people of Burundi, especially the most vulnerable categories.
In his remarks, the Head of Mission within IOM, Mr. Michel Asima, indicated that IOM is aware of the challenges facing the land sector in Burundi in terms of operational capacity.
To date, he continued to say, IOM has made a donation consisting of 13 computers, 13 printers, 468 land registers and other materials worth 132,915,000 Burundi francs.
Mr. Michel Asima did not forget to point out that this donation is in addition to the 24 motorcycles and other office equipment granted to the land sector of 12 districts in the provinces of Muyinga, Ruyigi and Cankuzo in March 2021; almost 279,000,000 Burundi francs, the head of mission within the IOM specified.