Dickson moves to check land racketeering

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, says henceforth, the state government will be responsible for the provision and sale of land to members of the public for private, commercial and industrial purposes.

Dickson made the declaration while inaugurating a 10-member Land Use and Allocation Committee, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Friday.

The Committee has as its Chairman, Mr. Joseph Akedesuo, with Mr. Moses Teibowei as Secretary, while the Surveyor-General of the state, Mr. Moses Gede and the Managing Director, Bayelsa Geographic Information System, Mr. Igo Goin, are to serve as members.

Other members are Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, Mr. Osom Makbere, Chief Amos Poubenafa, Mr. Dan Dede, Mr. Emmanuel Ebua and Suoyomiete Ezekiel.

The Governor said the move was to check the incidence of land racketeering and unplanned development of the state, especially the Yenagoa metropolis.

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Dickson described the committee as a special standing body, put in place to advise the government on the use and management of public land, in line with the Land Use Act of the Federation.

The governor directed the committee to commence the immediate allocation and sale of plots of land in the first phase of the Government Reserved Area, as the government had already completed the survey and planning of the area.


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