…as Dickson inaugurates committee
By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA— DISTURBED by the activities of land racketeers and indiscriminate construction of buildings in Yenagoa and its environs, Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson has inaugurated a 10-member Land Use and Allocation Committee, with a declaration that henceforth, government will be responsible for the provision and sale of land to members of the public for private, commercial and industrial purposes.
The committee has as its Chairman, Mr. Joseph Akedesuo, with Mr. Moses Teibowei as Secretary, while the state Surveyor-General, Moses Gede and the Managing Director of BGIS, Igo Goin are to serve as members.
Other members are, Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, Osom Makbere, Chief Amos Poubenafa, Mr. Dan Dede, Mr. Emmanuel Ebua and Suoyomiete Ezekiel.
Dickson said that the move was to check the incidence of land racketeering and unplanned development of the state, especially the Yenagoa metropolis.
The governor 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.
He directed the committee to commence the immediate allocation and sale of plots of land in the first phase of the Government Reserved Area (GRA), as the government had already completed the survey and planning of the area.
Calling on Bayelsans and members of the public to avail themselves of the opportunity the government was offering them through the provision of planned estates and issuance of certificate of occupancy and other title documents, he noted that, plans were underway to acquire land at Agbura and other parts to open up the state.
“I expect you to start right away, the allocation of plots for our first planned GRA development in this state, without further delay. We have already finished survey and planning and we have called on interested Bayelsans to buy the forms.”
In his response, Akedesuo expressed appreciation to Governor Dickson for the confidence reposed in them and assured that, the committee would translate the governor’s vision of developing a well-planned city to reality.