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Govt Officials Jittery As Delta Assembly Revokes Land Allocations

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 8:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi  –  Asaba

A FORMER Minister, Delta State executive members and lawmakers are said to be jittery, following the recommendation by the Delta State House of Assembly (DSHA) that some plots of land allocated to them and their companies be revoked.

A five-man ad hoc committee set up by the DSHA to investigate the allocation of land in the state for the past four years had recently submitted its report, which showed that the plots were given to faceless, unidentifiable entities.



Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, of Delta State, armed with the constitutional power of revocation and otherwise, was said to have given his blessings to the investigation and recommendations of the committee that those who acquired the plots fraudulently should return them, especially those who got more than one plot in choice areas.

Earlier, when the matter came at plenary, the Speaker, DSHA, Peter Onwusanya, however, ruled that the debate on the report be deferred to the next sitting of the House to enable members peruse the report for quality debate and contributions.

Some of the expanses of land in question, according to the chairman of the committee, Sam Obi, were allocated to a former minister from Anambra State, a senator-elect and two churches, at different locations in the capital city of Asaba.

Obi said the committee invited the present and immediate past commissioners of Lands, Survey and Urban Development as well as key officials of the ministry, who made oral presentations and documentary evidence before the committee.

He said: “the committee has carefully and exhaustively examined the issues surrounding the allocation of plots by the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development for the past four years and came out with far-reaching recommendations “for the approval of this honourable House”.

Majority Leader of the House, Monday Igbuya, in a motion seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader, Johnson Erijo, moved for the receipt of the ad hoc committee’s report for further consideration.