BY DAUD OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA
Private Practising Surveyors in Ogun State yesterday dragged the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun before the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta over alleged discrepancies and illegality surrounding the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy under its new housing policy known as Home Owner Charter.
The surveyors in the suit number FHC/HB/CS/66/15 claimed that the sketch plans under the Home Owner Charter do not have the particulars of any registered surveyor and are only endorsed with the scanned signature of the Surveyor-General of Ogun State, contrary to the law of survey plan in Nigeria.
According to their statement of claim, ‘‘That every plan in Nigeria, including Ogun State, is required by law to be endorsed with the name, date of execution, live signature and seal of the registered surveyor that carried out the survey exercise in the case of a private parcel and name, designation of the survey officer who carried out the site work, the date of such work and live counter signature of the surveyor general and the date of such signature to be endorsed in the case of government layout.
They are also praying the court to declare that the survey plans being used by the Ogun State Government under the Home Owners Charter programme which do not comply with relevant rules and regulations governing survey practice in Nigeria and are not prepared by private registered surveyor null and void. The plaintiffs are also praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the governor, the attorney general of Ogun State and the surveyor general of the state, their agents or privies from further relying on survey plans of public and private properties under the Ogun Home Owner Charter unless such survey plans are prepared by private registered survey in accordance with relevant rules and regulations governing the survey practice in Nigeria.
The surveyors further prayed the court for an order compelling the Surveyors Council of Nigeria to monitor further implementation of the Ogun Home Owners Charter to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and regulations governing survey practice in Nigeria.
The hearing of the case has been fixed for December 1, 2015.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibikunle Amosun has declared that the ongoing land and housing policy scheme tagged Home Owner Charter was meant to help indigenes and residents secure their property from unscrupulous land speculators.
He stated this at the event where applicants were presented their certificates of occupancy(C of O) at the Arcade at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
No fewer than 1000 certificates of occupancy were distributed to the people by the state Head of Service, Elder Olusola Adeyemi, who represented the governor at the event.
He noted that the scheme was introduced with a view to “enabling homeowners across the state regularize the legal status and documentation of their properties with the attendant benefits. The introduction and implementation of the Homeowners Charter Programme have raised the value of affected property, eliminate ownership dispute as well as property-related fraud and problem of Omo oniles/Ajagungbale(land speculators).