Ek­iti gives oc­cu­piers of govt lands six months to reg­u­larise ti­tles

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The Ek­iti State gov­ern­ment yesterday gave a six-month re­prieve to about 5,000 peo­ple who have built houses on gov­ern­ment land in Olorun­sogo and Olorunda ar­eas of Ado-Ek­iti to reg­u­larise their ti­tles to the land.

Also, the gov­ern­ment has urged com­mu­ni­ties in the state to form Elec­tric­ity Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion for ef­fec­tive bill col­lec­tion and set­tle­ment, as it would no longer be in­volved in bills pay­ment.

These were dis­closed by the Com­mis­sioner for Lands, Prince Taelolu Oti­toju and the Com­mis­sioner for Util­i­ties, Mr Deji Adesua while brief­ing the press as part of ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing the first an­niver­sary of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gover­nor Ayo Fayose.

Oti­toju said the con­ces­sion fol­lowed ap­peal by the peo­ple but warned that the gov­ern­ment would no longer con­done in­dis­crim­i­nate de­vel­op­ment and erec­tion of struc­tures with­out due ap­proval.

Oti­toju added that the por­traits of ap­pli­cants for is­suance of Cer­tifi­cate of Oc­cu­pancy, would now be em­bossed on the cer­tifi­cates to guide against fraud­u­lent prac­tices.

He added: “Over N100 mil­lion has been re­cov­ered from debtors at Ire­wolede Es­tate, Ado-Ek­iti and the Ifaki Es­tate has been opened up and will soon be al­lo­cated. Also Wemaboard Es­tate is to de­liver 250 houses along Iworoko Road and we are not re­lent­ing.”

Adesua, on his part, said a sit­u­a­tion whereby some com­mu­ni­ties were dis­con­nected by the Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany for months would no longer oc­cur if com­mu­ni­ties mon­i­tor their bills and pay as and when due.

He added that dur­ing the pe­riod, the Fire Ser­vices Depart­ment saved over N3 bil­lion prop­erty while six lives were lost in 158 fire in­ci­dents.

Adesua added that over N70 mil­lion has been spent on re­pair works and pro­vi­sion of chem­i­cals in the four ma­jor dams in Ero, Ita­paji, Ureje and Egbe.

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