Obaseki commends Benin monarch’s stance on new property law
Assures on synergy to check land grabbers’ activities
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, commended the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for his support and collaboration with the government on the new property protection law to check activities of land grabbers in the state.
Obaseki gave the commendation when the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), visited him at the Government House, Benin City.
He said his administration was taking the issue of encroachment and land grabbing seriously, as it portrayed the state in bad light, assuring the institution that his administration would do everything necessary to recover portions of its land that had been encroached upon.
Applauding the Benin monarch for his stance against activities of land grabbers and support for the state’s new property protection law, Obaseki said: “We are taking the issue of land encroachment very seriously and if we don’t, the land grabbers will even encroach on the Edo State Government House.
“We are delighted that we have promulgated and re-enacted the law on private property protection and banned the activities of community youths perpetrating this act. I am happy to inform you that the palace of the Oba of Benin is with the Edo State Government on this.
“Oba Ewuare II is with the government on this, because as youths protested to his palace on this, he stood firm in support of government’s action. The traditional institutions and the government do not support encroachment on people’s property and lands. We will ensure that we curtail the menace and recover as much land that has been encroached upon.
“Land grabbing is something we are taking very seriously. We enacted a law last week and have set up a Special Court to prosecute offenders. We cannot be talking of attracting investors and expanding facilities in Edo, while some persons continue to seize land from people, as if there is no law in Nigeria.”
Chairman, Governing Council of UNIBEN, Dr. Sonny Kuku, applauded Obaseki for his development strides, which he said, had also been extended to the institution, as roads and infrastructure facilities were upgraded in the university.