By Austin Ogwuda
DELTA â€” State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr. Raymos Guanah has told the leader-ship of the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to stop crying over spilled milk concerning the re-allocation of the unionâ€™s land.
The commissionerÂ insis-ted that the union should accept the fresh allocation in its own interest.
Reacting to the refusal of the union to accept a fresh allocation, Guanah said in Asaba that, â€œthe truth is that government offers land to any applicant by issuing a pink paper.
Chairman of the council, Comrade Osita Biose and Secretary, Comrade Gilbert Olie, had earlier in a press statement debunked the commissionerâ€™s claim, and urged journalists in the state to be on their guards.
The council insisted that it was not ready to cede two hectares of land to any individual.
â€œBased on the pink paper, the applicant is required to pay certain fees that culminate into issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (CofO).
â€œIf within two years the applicant fails to pay even though he has the pink paper without paying the necessary fees, he automatically forfeits the allocation because he is deemed not to have accepted the governmentâ€™s offer.
â€œThis is what applies to the NUJ land affair. So I advise them to grab this opportunity and come and perfect the papers for the fresh allocation.â€