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Akwa Ibom to punish erring village heads

03 January 2014, 07:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Akwa-Ibom State Government has threatened to punish culprits encroaching into its land and tempering with it.

Godswill Akpabio, the governor, said his administration would mete out “adequate sanctions.”

Among these culprits, he alleged, were traditional leaders, who were complicit in such offences.

“Village heads are part of government and are paid by the government. The village heads who allow their people to take over government lands or sell them without stopping them will have their titles taken from them,” he said during a meeting of stakeholders in Physical Development organized by Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA) in Uyo.

He said the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA) was a parastatal of the Ministry of Lands, thus, whatever policy and decisions it took had the backing of the government, adding that village heads who allowed their natives to take over government lands or even sell them would have their titles revoked.

UCCDA Chairman, Ignatius Edet, said the prevalence of illegal development and distortion of the master plan of Uyo Capital City was due to the fact that the agency had been without a duly constituted board for a period of seven years.

He added that in the last 11 months of the present board of the agency, much had been achieved, including the clearing of makeshift structures and shanties along major streets in the city, monitoring the recovered areas to avoid further illegal activities, routine marking of illegal structures, review of procedure of building plan approval to fast track the process and removal of illegal parks to their designated places in partnership with the state Ministry of Transport.

He said in spite of agency’s efforts to keep to the master plan of the capital city, it still faced some challenges such as poor documentation in processing of building plans, abuse of government personnel and equipment by illegal developers and other related problems.

– CAJ News

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