By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Delta State Government will next week commence the recovery of all unregularised lands in Okpanam core Area II, Oshimili North Local Government Area, following the expiration of over three months window approved for persons occupying the area to regularize their land documents.
Chairman of the Task Force on Regularisation of Government Acquired Lands in the state, Chief Frank Omare, who disclosed this in a statement in Asaba, said all the lands that were not regularised would be deemed to be illegally occupied after February 6.
He said: “The task force will on Tuesday next week commence ‘Operation Show Your Regularisation Document’.
“Affected occupants have been directed to photocopy their documents showing evidence of the regularisation exercise and paste same in front of their landed property. This is to avoid the excuse of not being at home when the taskforce comes calling for the verification exercise.”
Disclosing that members of the Taskforce had served demand notices on the affected buildings. Saying that many of the affected occupants have complied, he said “some are bent on frustrating government effort”.
He said government was in possession of all the necessary documents for the acquisition and lamented that some persons could embarked on demarcation of the lands and sold them in portions to individuals.
Omare stated that none of the occupants had government approval and documentation, explaining that “the only way to secure the property is by regularizing the documents.
“Government ought to have taken over every structure built illegally on the land, but a window period of three months was approved for the illegal occupants to seek out the issue with the state ministry of lands and survey”.