Ekiti warns against fraud in land allocation
The Ekiti State government has warned officers in charge of land allocation in the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development against illegal land deals that could spark crisis among the people.
Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi who gave the warning, declared that the state government would not condone any act resulting from land deal that could disrupt the peace of any community in the State.
He spoke during a mediating meeting on a layout dispute between the officers of the ministry and residents of Merry Land Avenue in Ado-Ekiti.
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, stated that Egbeyemi appealed to aggrieved landlords and residents to give peace a chance.
The Landlords Association of Merry Land Avenue had earlier submitted a petition to the Office of the Deputy Governor accusing the ministry of selling out the access road to the community.
The Deputy Governor expressed dissatisfaction with the manner at which some officers of the ministry jettisoned the proper layout designed to suit their selfish gain.
“You senior officers hardly go out to the field except your junior officers, the way they behave, one has to be careful and then this government will not allow any dirty job. If they want to cheat you, I will not be part of it and if they want to cheat the ministry I will not be part of it. For peace I will follow you to the place, whatever needed to be done for peace to reign I will do it”, he said.
On the spot assessment to the disputed areas, Egbeyemi urged the parties in the matter to make use of the alternative routes in the area.
He said, “There is nowhere people are allowed to pass through estate road to their own land. So where you claimed has been blocked, the ministry has the right to block it. I have seen that place, if it is an estate, they don’t use to allow people to cross their estate to other places. And that your community has an access road, it is only that it is not short. I will appeal to you to go and ensure that peace reigns in your community, I based my judgment on Map 2003, and I observed that the whole place is an estate”.
Chairman of the Community, Mr. Gbenga Oluwatuyi thanked the deputy governor for his fatherly role in the matter and pledged loyalty to the administration.