A case that Elrington is intimately acquainted with is the statutory instrument passed at the lands department. The statutory instrument entitled National Lands (Mode of Payment) Regulations, 2020, says quote, "(1) Any payment towards the purchase of national land or payment of rent for a lease of national land shall be made to the cashier in the ministry responsible for lands."
It effectively put a stop to the payment avenue of making a deposit into the Ministry's bank account.
Earlier this month, Elrington sent pre litigation notices on behalf of 113 clients to the Ministry of Natural Resources warning them that they plan to take up legal action because they are being denied the right to pay.
He says that he has another 300 clients who have also signed up with him for the same reason. And today, he announced that the Ministry has relented from its hard-line:Erson "OJ" Elrington"I received a letter from the lands department in which they confirmed receipt of those letters on the 11th and that they have agreed to avoid litigation, that my clients can now proceed to the lands department and make the payments on those accounts and so the accounts have effectively been opened according to this piece of paper and we have yet to test it because we just received it, I have not had the opportunity to relay this news to my clients in fact we will use this opportunity maybe for those who might be listening that now that they can do and attempt to make their payments to the lands department, that will be the first 111 but let me say this and some of my clients might not know which 111 because I will tell you while we sent in 111 letters on the 11th of January, since that time we have an additional 300 plus persons who have approached us to represent them to ensure that they are able to pay for their land and so, we will have to reach out and tell them individually the 111 persons who they government so far has made the decision they not wish to enter into litigation."Channel 7