Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has promised that as many as five hundred St. Michael families whose homes were repaired by the Urban Development Commission will have full ownership of their properties returned to them.

Miss Mottley made the disclosure in an address at a wreath-laying ceremony today at Golden Square in the city, to mark the Day of National Significance in commemoration of the 1937 uprising, which is seen as pivotal event in the struggle for the enfranchisement of the masses.

Prime Minister Mottley felt that the state-owned UDC placing liens on the properties of those who accepted its help went against the spirit of the movement to try to uplift the underprivileged.

Miss Mottley says ownership will be returned within days.

Prime Minister Mottley also says government is committed to the renewal and revival of urban Barbados and to improve the living conditions of residents in and around the city.

Meantime, also speaking at the ceremony Government minister and pan-Africanist Trevor Prescod warned that the struggle for empowerment of the masses is not over.

Barbados’ Ambassador to Caricom David Commissiong who chaired the wreath-laying ceremony noted that close to fifty people were injured in and as many as 27 died as a result of the 1937 uprising which he stressed was part of region-wide upheaval.