THE Delta State Commissioner for Land and Survey, Hon. Ossai Peter Chika, has warned that any person who encroach on government land will have himself or herself to blame, saying that government land bureau is open to negotiate with genuine developers.
He gave the warning in Orerokpe, Okpe Local Government Area, when he led a team of Directors and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands and Surveys to the Palace of the Orodje of Okpe kingdom, HRM Felix Mujakperuo.
The commissioner, who said that the essence of the visit was to inform the royal father “that a parcel of land, measuring about 25 hectares in Ogorode located in Sapele Local Government Area belonging to the state government was illegally acquired by some group of individuals without the notice of the state government, he added that the said land is under the process of acquisition by the state government for the construction of an independent power generation project.
He added that the visit was based on the need to communicate the directive of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to them on the encroachment of the Delta State Government land at Orgorode in Sapele which is a valued asset of the state.
The commissioner warned illegal developers and speculators in the state to desist from encroaching on government land and other unlawful activities within the state or face the full wrath of the law.
Ossai said that the state government has observed with dismay, the massive encroachment of government land and land speculators swindling members of the public in purchasing government lands.
He explained that buyers of such land who fail to conduct proper investigation at the Lands Bureau and Surveyor-General’s office stood the risk of losing their money, stressing that land within the affected areas was committed to government project and assured the people of the State government’s commitment to the development of the state.
In his response, the Orodje of Okpe kingdom, HRM Felix Mujakperuo commended the commissioner and members of his entourage for the visit saying that they are in support of the infrastructural development of the state by the Okowa led administration.