By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”The leadership of Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has rejected a fresh allocation of land to the council in replacement of an earlier one acquired several years ago which had since been re-allocated to some members of the State House of Assembly.
The Chairman of the council, Comrade Osita Biose and Secretary, Comrade Gilbert Olie, in a press statement in Asaba yesterday, said: â€œThe council uses this medium to debunk the purported allocation of a new plot to NUJ and frowns at Mr Guanahâ€™s claims urging all journalists in the state to be on their guard as nothing will make the union lose the two hectares of land to private individuals.â€
But Guanah, who is the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, told VANGUARD that â€œthe truth is that government offers land to any applicant by issuing a pink paper, and based on the pink paper, the applicant is required to pay certain fees that culminates into issuance of Certificate of Occupancy.
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, this is what happened in the NUJ land affairâ€.