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.