Minister Lake: Vromi ready to accept responsibility for KadasterPOSTED: 08/10/14 6:07 PM
St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake said yesterday that although at the moment his ministry does not have any legal responsibility over the land surveyor and registry office known as Kadaster, he is ready to take over once given the mandate by the Council of Ministers to do so.
“From a legal perspective, I have been advised that the Kadaster falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance. I, however, fully support and agree that it should fall under my ministry. The Minister of Finance is also the responsible entity to provide answer to Members of Parliament,” Lake said in a press release.“I will approach the Council of Ministers in our next meeting about giving me the mandate to address the issues at the Kadaster. It has to be transferred under the Ordinance of Public Registers from the responsibility of Finance to the Vromi. I don’t run from the issues. I don’t mind my ministry taking full responsibility of the Kadaster,” he added.
“The Kadaster can then be restructured whereby it functions more efficiently and effectively for the clients that it serves. I commend the local management and staff for their diligent efforts and service that they provide as they have been doing a great job.
“My ministry is ready and willing to step up to the plate and take the Kadaster to the next level in the interests of the employees and the clients,” Minister Lake concluded yesterday.
Minister Lake also added that he fully supports the statement made by Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge where local professionals should be given the opportunity to be on the board and in management positions in order to better serve the people.