Abeokuta - Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday announced that henceforth property owners in the state without legal documentation would be sanctioned.
Amosun gave the warning at the launch of "Homeowners Charter" programme organised by the state government in Abeokuta.
He decried the increasing number of undocumented property, and advised owners to avail themselves of the Homeowners Charter programme, which comes at a discount rate.
"Analysis showed that, in some key areas, the vast majority of residential property in Ogun State did not have legally recognised documentation in the form of Building Plan Approval or Certificates of Occupancy.
"In the past 10 to 12 years, the culture of building without approval had become rampant and well-orchestrated.
"The consensus view that prevailed among the people was that once the property had been constructed, government cannot and will not do anything about it," Amosun said.
According to him, the consequences of building without approval are extremely grave for affected persons and government.
The governor explained that the programme was aimed at allowing home owners regularise the legal status and documentation of their property.
Amosun added that the state government would also provide data for the medium term planning of roads, schools, hospitals and other essentials services.
He said that proper documentation would also afford owners of using their property as collateral or while selling it.
"Without documentation, thousands of property owners are unable to prove legal ownership of their property.
"Such property, no matter how valuable, cannot be offered as security for even the smallest loan,’’ Amosun said.
Earlier, the Director-General, Bureau of Lands, Adewale Oshinowo, said those who built on government lands had being offered an opportunity to purchase the land at a "deeply discounted rate".
Oshinowo urged property owners to take advantage of the programme to regularise their status.
"Using our Geographic Information System (GIS) satellite image system, we will track those properties that have not regularise their status.
"Such properties will be liable to appropriate sanctions which are but not limited to fines and legal actions," Oshinowo said.
He explained that a typical family bungalow of four-bedroom on a private land would pay N95 000 as against the normal N430 000 which represents a discount of 78 per cent and could be paid in installment.