|Late October, a delegation of the National Council of Notaries (Conseil supérieur du notoriat), traveled to Lome to meet members of government and other actors involved in the Togolese land reform.|
The goal: to mobilize political leaders for the land reform that was proposed in November 2008.
October 19-20, 2010, notary Maître Nourissat, and notary Maître Desvages, met with Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo, Minister of Urbanism Komlan Nunyabu, the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice, the Director of Land Use and Surveying, Abbi Toyi, President of the Togolese Chamber of Notairies Mrs. Kadjaka, as well as French Ambassador Dominique Renaux.
These meetings allowed Maître Nourrissat and Maître Desvages to discuss the different obstacles for the establishment of land reform: lack of finances to compensate the people, the problems surrounding land transfer, political sensitivity on the subject, the distinction between urban and rural areas…
At the request of the Togolese Minister of Justice, an audit report led by the National Council of Notaries in November 2008, established that to have their land rights recognized, citizens must complete nine steps, for a total of 43 different procedures. This process can take anywhere from six months to a few years.
A week after their trip, Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo, was set to organize a meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 with the various different ministries (Justice, Finance, Urbanism, Agriculture, Decentralization…) to request an expression of political will in the presence of the notaries and lawyers of Togo.
|Read the article “Le notariat français à Lomé, Bientôt une reforme foncière au Togo” at togoenvogue.com, by Senam Awuklu|