Ogun cautions public on illegal acquisition, occupancy of govt land - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Ogun cautions public on illegal acquisition, occupancy of govt land

By Ifedayo Adeniyi

Ogun State government has warned members of the public against acquiring or occupying any of its lands without obtaining necessary documents, saying it is also unlawful to sell any of such land.

The Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Arc. Segun Fowora, said this during an exercise carried out by a Task Force set up by the Bureau to enforce necessary land procedures including documentation for Certificate of Occupancy (CofO).                           
Fowora emphasised that encroaching on government land and erecting structures without government approval did not only contravene the law, but also distort town planning activities and initiatives of the government.                                                        
"Let me say that apart from having to pay heavy fines when caught, those who encroached on government land might end up losing such land, so I will say it is important to follow due process by obtaining necessary approvals to prevent situations where the government might have no options than to recover such land", he pointed out.

He therefore advised members of the public to seek professional advice necessary for obtaining lands at various places within the State, to know the status of such properties to avoid the likelihood of illegal transactions in purchasing lands.

While reiterating the commitment of the government to boosting the economic values of the State, he noted that the present administration had re-organised the land sector in accordance with the rules and regulations guiding land transactions in the State.

Also speaking, the leader of the 10-man task force in the Bureau, Mr. Fatal Adeboyejo, said his team would continue to operate in line with the vision of the State government and the agency in ensuring that proper documentation is done in accordance with the law guiding the State, towards forestalling unwholesome activities which start from selling off government land.

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