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Oyo Assembly Summons Surveyor General, Others Over Land Acquisition

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

The Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the Surveyor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Urban Development to appear before it over alleged plans by the state government to acquire land and buildings in Akinyele Local Government.

The motion was raised on the floor of the Assembly by Hon. Taofeek Kehinde, representing Akinyele 2 state constituency.

He noted that fear has gripped inhabitants of Olosaoko, Alabata, Ajibade, Agbedo and Alase communities when they saw strangers parading themselves as government officials going about with various land measuring instruments in their areas.

He said: “The inhabitants of the mentioned communities are predominantly farmers who have no other means of livelihood.

“Their cry  over the issue  calls  for proper attention to unravel the mystery behind  the development, especially on the  suspicious move by people parading themselves as  government agents with measuring instruments  to acquire their means of livelihood without prior notice.”

The legislator in his motion said acquisition or confiscation of landed property and others is usually through appropriate processes and procedures as provided by extant laws.

He added that  government should communicate the people through the right channels on the proposed mission as it will benefit the people and  the state.

In his contributions, the Majority Leader, representing Ogbomoso South, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin said  the intention of the government is to expand the economy by attracting the dry port, railway and other major projects to the area.

However, he insisted that government needed to consult the people and carry them along.

“They should inform the people and hold meeting with community leaders and affected residents,” he added.

In his ruling, the Speaker,  Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin charged the permanent secretary of the concerned ministry and Surveyor General to appear before the Assembly to explain the plan of the  state government on the land matter.

 

 

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