Imo Govt Distributes New Certificate of Occupancy To Residents

APC GovernorsThe Imo state government has commenced the issuance of the new designed Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to property owners in Imo state.

The issuance was done during the official flag off of the signing of the new Certificate of Occupancy at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri the Imo state capital.

The Imo State governor Mr. Rochas Okorocha represented by the Secretary to the State Government, George Eche says the new C of O will put an end to land racketeering and forgery in the Ministry of Lands and will in turn boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the state government.

The Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning Mr. Law Eberuo also disclosed that the new C of O is cheaper to acquire as the processes have also been simplified.

He further revealed that the state government through the Ministry of Lands has also introduced digitalization of ministry to ensure proper data analysis and enhance express search of documents in the ministry.

Alleged Corruption: Kaduna Govt. Sacks Three Directors, Others

Corruption, KadunaThe Kaduna State government has dismissed three directors of the state’s Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) and two others from the State Geographical Information Service (KADGIS) for tampering with the revised Millennium City layout.

The General Manager, KASUPDA, Saratu Haruna, handed down the letter of their dismissal to the affected top civil servants: namely, Charles Akau Ibrahim, its Director of Urban Planning and Research; Adamu Aliyu Nuhu, Director Development Control; and Philemon Mairabo, Director Urban Planning and Research.

Their dismissal follows the State Executive Council’s deliberations and recommendation over a report of the committee that investigated the role of some staff of the former Ministry of Lands, Surveys and Country Planning, KASUPDA and some traditional rulers in distorting the revised Millennium City layout.

The State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, ordered their dismissal as was approved by the State Executive Council after its meeting, which held on May 9, 2016.

Also affected are three employees of the Local Government Service Commission who were also dismissed for allegedly defrauding some intending pilgrims who paid for participation in the Hajj.

Jonathan Commends Defence HQ, NEMA Over Swift Response In Baga Town

President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the Military High Command, the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development for their swift response to his order for immediate action to investigate the incident in Baga, Borno state, assist and rehabilitate the victims, and make all necessary findings available to the government.

The commendation was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

President Jonathan gave the commendation after receiving preliminary reports of the investigations carried out by the Military High Command and NEMA into the incident.

President Jonathan also welcomed the plan by the National Human Rights Commission to carry out independent investigations.

Thanking the Military High Command and NEMA for the reports, President Jonathan said that investigations must continue, and assured them of his fullest support.

He further reiterated his earlier position that where any kind of misconduct is established, the Federal Government will not hesitate in ensuring that due sanctions are enforced and that justice is done.

The President said that what happened in Baga, was most regrettable and unfortunate. He reaffirmed his full commitment to doing all within the powers of the Federal Government to speedily end the intolerable threats to national security which have necessitated such confrontations.

President Jonathan will continue to work with the Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima whom he conferred with last week, to ensure that the people of Baga receive every possible relief and support to facilitate their speedy rehabilitation.

In its preliminary report to the President, the Defence Headquarters stated as follows:

(a)        That the military team involved in the confrontation with Boko Haram elements was the Multinational Joint Task Force. The MNJTF’s initial mandate was to conduct military operations in the Lake Chad Region and to facilitate free movement of the member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission across their common border.  The mandate was expanded in April 2012 to include the fight against terrorists. The Task Force’s activities are therefore legal and needs to be sustained.

(b)          That whereas media reports averred that the incident of the alleged confrontation between the MNJTF and the Boko Haram Terrorists occurred on April 19, 2013; the incident actually occurred on Tuesday, April 16.

(c)           On April 17, MNJTF troops carried out mop up operations at the scene of the attack and recovered the following items abandoned by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists: rocket-propelled grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenade bombs, AK 47 rifles, assorted ammunition, several improvised explosive devices and damaged Land Cruiser jeeps.

(d)          That whereas it was  alleged that 185 people were killed by the soldiers of the MNJTF in Baga, Borno state; the assessment team received a briefing from the Commander of the MNJTF on April 24, 2013, during which he stated that 30 terrorists were killed in action. However, six bodies were recovered in Lake Chad about 3 km away from the action spot.

(e)           Furthermore, some locals were asked if they could take the assessment team to the mass graves where 185 people were allegedly buried, but the people denied knowledge of such graves. The Chairman of Kukawa LGA was approached on the same issue, he also did not know of such graves.

(f)             The Chairman had earlier informed the team that Muslims do not bury more than one body in a grave.

(g)           The media also announced that about 3, 000 houses were burnt. However on the spot assessment revealed that though some houses were burnt, but they were certainly not up to the number quoted. It is pertinent to note that the houses in question are mostly thatched roof houses that could easily catch fire. It is on record that the terrorists employ the tactics of arson wherever they attack.

(h)          There was also the allegation that aid workers were denied access to Baga. This is incorrect as the Red Cross and NEMA officials were already in the town before the Defence Headquarters team arrived. The officials of the two organizations interviewed by the team confirmed that no one prevented them from moving into Baga.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in response to the President’s directive, sent a team to Baga to pave way for immediate humanitarian relief.

It reported as follows:

(a)            That the agency identified and set up an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Baga where 642 persons were registered as at April 25, 2013. More people who had earlier fled the community are returning due to improved security and the establishment of various IDPs by the Agency.

(b)            To provide immediate succor to the affected persons, the agency distributed relief materials.

(c)             That the 185 deaths being speculated in the media cannot be substantiated.

(d)            The NEMA team visited the two graveyards in the town, and could only identify in both places, a total of 32 fresh graves.

(e)             That a number of buildings and business premises were destroyed in the affected area, but the total number of houses in the town is far less than 1,000.

(f)             That there is a lot of misinformation being peddled about the situation in Baga.


Imo state to computerise land documents and allocation

The Imo state government has established a new agency called the Imo Geographical Information Agency a subsidiary of the Ministry of Lands and Survey with the main priority of making sure that all land documents and data are being computerised and also ensure that there is adequate information on all the Lands allocated in Imo State.

Speaking to Channels Television in Owerri the Imo state capital after an executive council meeting, the Imo State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr. Uche Nwosu said the establishment of the agency is in line with the Okorocha led administration’s aim of tackling corruption in the Ministry of Land as well as fulfill his promise of adding new technological skills in all the state Ministries.

He said “with the establishment of the agency, there won’t be any case of missing files, double allocation of lands and forgery of Certificate of occupancy”.

Nwosu also said “all Landlords and Land owners in the State especially in the state capital will have to come back and register afresh with the agency so they could have a new database”.

The Commissioner debunked the allegations that the state government is forcefully revoking Lands belonging to individuals in the state, saying lands were only revoked from land owners who have not adhered strictly to the Land Use Act of Imo state and Nigeria.