Owners of undeveloped land in Ondo may lose them

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The lawmakers said they may take the action for security reasons.

The owners of undeveloped lands in Akure, the Ondo State Capital, are set to lose such property if the threat made by the state House of Assembly is anything to go by.

Over 1,000 hectares of land acquired from the state government has not been developed in the last five years, according to findings made by the Assembly’s Committee on Lands and Housing.

The Chairman of the Committee, Afolabi Iwalewa, while addressing reporters in Akure, disclosed that the lawmakers’ move was borne out of the need to ensure that such property does not continue to constitute security risks to the people of the state.

Mr. Iwalewa noted that most of the undeveloped lands have become hideouts for criminals in the state.

He said the house decided to make the move in order to ensure that the state is free from Boko Haram invasion.

“These undeveloped lands have become hideouts for criminals in the state. Hence, we need to take appropriate action over the issue.

“We should also bear it in our minds that we have to be at alert because of this Boko Haram incessant attacks. We have to be security conscious.

“As lawmakers, this is part of our oversight function to ensure that government lands are not just acquired without being developed,” Mr. Iwalewa said adding that the Assembly would revoke the lands from the owners after proper sensitization and awareness exercise have been carried out.

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