Following the announcement that the State Government’s new policy to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy for land owners who have failed to develop lands allocated to them two years after the allocation, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, has advised Deltans to be cautious when purchasing land from ‘land brokers’ in the state.
The commissioner gave this advice today, while speaking on Trend FM’s radio program, Trend Talk.
Mr. Aniagwu said; “before you buy a piece of land with a title, you should run a search at the state’s Ministry of Lands and Survey to ascertain the authenticity and validity of the title and then follow provisions of laid down laws to ensure legal transfer of ownership of such lands”.
Speaking further, the commissioner decried what he described as ‘land hoarding’ being carried out by some members of the society which he said impedes the actualisation of the state government’s master plan of urban development and reiterated that government would not back down from revoking the land title of defaulters after the expiration of the three months grace period.
“It is counter-productive to leave an acquired land with C of O from the state government, undeveloped after three to 10 years of acquisition, such lands will be reacquired by government and given to those who are ready to acquire and develop the plots,’’ he said.
“Our interest is the development of our state, bringing employment to our people and above all, providing security for our people in the cities”.
The Commissioner further clarified that lands that fall within this category are those which were allocated by the government to people who had indicated interest.