Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has warned that his administration would not condone land grabbing or encroachments of any government owned lands and properties.
Soludo gave the warning at the conference hall of the Ministry of Lands, Awka while inaugurating a seven-man land recovery committee for Onitsha, Nnewi, Idemili and their environs.
Speaking through Commissioner for lands, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi, the governor mandated the committee to take record and recover all government owned lands and properties within their terms of reference.
He stressed that proper land management remained at the core of his administration’s vision of a prosperous, peaceful and liveable homeland for the people of the State.
While assuring the committee of necessary support and logistics, Soludo called on the committee to pay special attention to Onitsha and its environs.
He used the opportunity to condemn the practice of developments on roads, particularly in Trans Nkissi Layout, where buildings were being erected on government roads, thereby defacing the original master plan of the Layout.
“Recommendations on steps to be taken to stem this ugly development have been made in the gazetted white paper of the Land Reform Committee,” he revealed.
The governor promised that the government would commence implementation of the Recommendations of the Land Reform Committee soon.
The committee inauguration, witnessed by Mr Edwin Ejike and Mrs Chineze Obih, Permanent Secretary and H.O.D Lands respectively along other management staff of Ministry of Lands, has among other terms of reference, to identify all government owned lands and properties in Nnewi, Onitsha, Idemili and their environs and advise the state government on the best means to recover them.
The committee is expected to conclude its assignment in two months.
The Governor listed members of the land recovery committee to include His Royal Highness, Igwe Charles Chuma Agbala as Chairman, Mr Dan Nwankwo as Secretary, Sir Chukwuma Vincent, Sir Emma Onwughalu, Mr Agudosi Ngozika, Mr Ofala Okafor as well as Surveyor Oluchukwu Uzochukwu representing the Ministry of Lands.
He said the members were selected based on their antecedents and capacity to help in sustaining the ongoing land administration reform in the state.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the Chairman of the committee, Igwe Agbala thanked the Governor for finding them worthy for the job and promised to carry out their assignment dutifully as well as based on their terms of reference.
Presentation of appointment letters to the committee members formed highpoint of the event.