Ousmane Sonko takes charge of the land file and publishes an order applicable immediately

Ousmane Sonko takes charge of the land file and publishes an order applicable immediately
Ousmane Sonko takes charge of the land file and publishes an order applicable immediately

The Senegalese Prime Minister, Ousmane Sonko, published a decree on May 13, 2024, imposing a temporary suspension of all construction work on the dependencies of the maritime public domain in the Dakar region. This measure, effective immediately for a period of two months, is part of a broader effort to regulate and verify property titles and occupation of maritime land.

The decree, numbered 006632, aims to establish an ad hoc commission within the Prime Minister’s Office to examine the legality and conformity of titles and occupations in these strategic areas. The commission will be chaired by the Minister, Secretary General of the Government, and coordinated by the Minister of Finance and Budget, with the Minister of Town Planning, Territorial Communities and Regional Planning who will provide the secretariat.

The composition of the commission is diverse, including representatives from the National Assembly, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, the High Council of Territorial Communities, and several key ministries such as those of Finance, Urban Planning and ‘Environment. Members of various professional bodies such as the Senegal Order of Lawyers, the Chamber of Notaries, and the National Order of Expert Surveyors of Senegal are also included.

The commission will work in two distinct groups, the first focused on legal and technical aspects, and the second on the social and environmental impacts of occupations and constructions. Their conclusions will be summarized in a report intended for the President of the Republic.

The initiative reflects Sonko’s government’s desire to strengthen control over the exploitation of maritime lands, which are often at the center of controversies over ownership and legal use. This moratorium on work and construction should make it possible to clarify the situation and put in place more rigorous and transparent occupancy rules.

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