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Anambra outlaws illegal land devp levies



Approves rehabilitation of Okpoko roads

PEOPLE extorting land owners and properties developers have been warned to desist from the act or get ready to face to face the music.

  The warning was made by the state government during the weekly Anambra State Executive Council (ANSEC) meeting, on Tuesday.

  Speaking in a release issued after the meeting, Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu stated that the directive became necessary to curb incidents of youths intruding to levy one fees or levies or another under any guise on lands with appropriate government titles within their communities but belonging to other people.

  Explaining that government has put adequate measures in place to track down offenders, Sir Paul said those caught will be prosecuted according to law.

  “This is illegal and can no longer be tolerated. ANSEC has therefore directed relevant law enforcement agencies to immediately arrest such errant youths and prosecute them according to the law. Section 6, sub section (1) of the Prohibition of Fraudulent Practices on Land and Property law of 2012 prohibits illegal collection of fees on lands as follows: ‘Any person who demands or collects any fee not approved by law from any person who is developing or improving on an already existed property in the state shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for five years or to a fine of N500,000 or both,”’ he said.

  The commissioner also said that ANSEC has resolved to intensify “efforts to rid our roads and streets’ corners of refuse is beginning to yield some obvious results. Government therefore urges households and the general public to desist from indiscriminate refuse disposal. Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA) is gradually transiting to door-to-door refuse collection and anybody found disposing refuse at unauthorised locations will be promptly sanctioned.”

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  In a related development, ANSEC approved rehabilitation of nine roads in Okpoko measuring 14.053 kilometers with dual carriage, reinforced concrete media and sidewalks on both sides.

  Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, explained that the projects were approved in fulfillment of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s campaign promise to immediately commence urban regeneration of Okpoko slum in Ogbaru Local Government Area.

  According to Nwosu, the projects, which will cost N9 billion will be completed in 12 months.

  “ANSEC also approved the full scale desilting and dredging of 62,034 cubic metres of Nwangene drainage which has been a source of nightmare to road users. The project, which will cost N241,439,316.29 is going to be completed in three months. The rehabilitation of the failed carriage way and embankment at Mmili John section of Oba-Ojoto road and the dredging of Mmili John was equally approved by ANSEC. The work will cost N61,494,541.88 and is expected to be completed in six weeks. The memo on the abandoned government house and 25 other peripheral structures was presented by the Commissioner for Housing and considered by ANSEC. The project, which will cost N6.088 billion and completed within 18 months was approved by ANSEC. Also endorsed for construction are gate houses, police posts, perimeter fence measuring 2.22 linear kilometers and other internal works such as drive ways, parking areas, walk ways, drainages, water supplies, green area, etc. All of these will be complete at the cost of N1.317 billion and delivered in nine months,” he continued.

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