Ogun Govt Inaugurates Task Force On Land Enforcement

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The Ogun State Government has inaugurated a 10-man Special Task Force that will deal with land-related issues occasioned by improper and incomplete legal documentation, land en­croachment, land grabbing in the state.

Inaugurating the task force, Special Adviser/Director General of Bureau of Lands and Survey, Arc. Segun Fowora, charged the committee to work with other securities agencies to ensure strict enforcement of government and private proper­ty rights in the State.

Fowora, in a statement signed by Mrs. Temitope Adewunmi, Press officer, Bureau of Lands and Survey, mandated them to reduce the activities of land grabbers to the barest mini­mum, noting that the setting up of the task force was as a result of the need to protect investors as well as maintain law and or­der.

He added that this move by implication will encourage the verification of legal claims through litigation rather than resorting to violence.

The director general lament­ed the menace of illegal devel­opers, farmers, land grabbers and hoodlums encroaching on the developed or undeveloped property of the government as worrisome, adding that win­dows for ratifications are open within the approved areas cov­ered in the OLARMS for proper documentation.

Fowora also disclosed that the state House of Assembly was in the process of amending rele­vant sessions of the law to meet recent realities that would exclu­sively deal with the activities of land grabbers by prescribing appropriate stiff punishment for offenders.

He urged individuals and in­vestors to desist from the illicit trade, just as he warned land thugs on their unlawful activi­ties, saying the state government would bring the full weight of the law to bear on anybody caught forcibly taking another person’s property.