The Edo State Government has issued a warning to real estate developers and other environmental stakeholders against acquiring land in various communities across the state without going through the proper channels.
According to Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the State Government, the illegal laying out of acquired land by developers has skewed the state’s Land Use Plan and is in violation of the Benin Master Plan and the Edo State Regional Development Plan.
The Secretary to the State Government also stated that the government’s attention was being paid to the situation. The Secretary stated “has been drawn particularly to the illegal sales and development of Edo State Government land covering 1,229 Hectares of land in Oke-Oroma, Obagie Nevbuosa, Obayantor 1 and Evbuekpen Communities in Ward 9, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area acquired through public notice and duly gazetted in No.2, Vol 3 of July 06, 2017.”
Based on the Operations of real estate advancers, he notes that, “Edo State Government has observed that some real estate developers have, of recent, embarked on the acquisition of land in various communities across the State, commenced parceling layouts and selling the same to unsuspecting members of the public without following the due process regarding layout designs.”
He said the practice was at variance with the extant rules that govern such estate developments in the state, noting, “This illegal laying out of acquired land by these developers distorts the set-out Land Use Plan in the State and runs contrary to the Benin Master Plan and Edo State Regional Development Plan.”
Ogie added, “Real estate developers are therefore warned to desist from this practice as you are required to liaise with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to obtain appropriate approval in accordance with the law.”
He warned that members of the public of the risk in buying land from real estate developers whose layouts are not registered, adding, “Such land may not be granted a Certificate of Occupancy, Building Permit, and other enabling documents that will confer firm possession and ownership of property. The general public is hereby advised to desist from patronising Real Estate Developers who are unable to show evidence of layout approval from the Ministry.”
Furthermore, based on the inappropriate trade and urbanization of Edo State Government land covering 1,229 hectares, Ogie warned, “Any person, group of persons, or corporate bodies that have carried out any form of land transaction without Edo State Government approval does so at his or her own risk.
“Such transaction is illegal and persons involved will be visited with the full weight of the law, which includes the removal of such illegal structures and the cost of carrying out such action will be recovered from them. The public is hereby advised to be guided accordingly.”
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