Ekiti gives occupiers of govt lands six months to regularise titles
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.