By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Delta State Governmnet has warned owners of illegal structures in the state, specially Asaba, the state capital, that it will continue to demolish structures not in line with the state capital territory master plan.
The state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr Chika Ossai, during a demolition of illegal structures in Asaba, said developers, due to greed, built above their building plan approval while others took laws into their hands by building shanties and erecting caravans in unauthorised places.
Ossai, who explained that owners of such illegal structures had been served notices and advised to remove their wares before the demolition, warned owners of undeveloped plots on Okpanam Road and Anwai Road to develop their lands or risk revocation of such plots.
“Instead of developing lands allocated to them for the interest of development, the owners of such property left them undeveloped and such plots of land now serve as hide-out for criminals and mechanics,” he stated.
The commissioner charged developers and owners of land in the state to visit the Ministry of Lands, for enquiry on how to go about the process of securing genuine Certificates of Occupancy, C of O, and appealed to them to shun the act of getting C of O through the back door.
Ossai said that government was poised to ensure that all developers and investors in the state had legal entitlements to their property through the Ministry of Lands and Surveys.
He urged property owners in the state to have confidence in Fast Track Office in the processing of their C of O, saying, “The office is under the Ministry of Lands and Surveys.
On the issue of illegal development fees levied on developers, popularly call “deve,” the commissioner explained that the state government was sending a bill to the state House of Assembly that will end the criminal acts by the youths.
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