The Anambra state government says plans are underway for re-validation of certificates of occupancy and other title documents issued on lands in the state.
Disclosing this during an inspection of some parts of Onitsha, the Commissioner for Lands, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba said the exercise will help to unmask land title holders who evade payment of ground rents and other forms of revenue accruable to the state.
The Commissioner said that the aim of the tour is to visit some areas in Onitsha for on the ground assessment of the situation, stressing that some property owners in Onitsha GRA has exceeded the limit of their allocation thereby encroaching on government land, pointing out that such anomalies must be addressed urgently.
According to the Commissioner, the visit will also enable him to have an on the spot assessment of properties within Onitsha GRA being used for schools and hotels, which were not the original purpose for the area and to ascertain the pathway of the intended bridge across Nkisi stream which will serve as a link between Onitsha GRA to Trans Nkisi layout.
He warned residents of Onitsha GRA against the dangers of trespassing on government lands, adding that any structure illegally erected on government land is deemed to be an illegal structure and that such structures are liable for demolition.
At Marine road, the commissioner warned sand dredgers on the bank of River Niger to move their retaining walls away from the road as it constitutes obstruction to the flow of traffic.
On illegal shanties around Forestry and Prison quarters on Marine road, commissioner Onukwuba warned the residents to vacate the area as the state government will commence removal of all structures in the area from first of August.
He directed the General Manager of Anambra state Physical Planning Board, Mr Victor Okpoko who also accompanied him during the inspection visit to ensure compliance with all his directives.
Addressing the Commissioner and his team at Onitsha, the Chief Executive Officer of LAKE Petroluem Ltd, Chief Cletus Mbaji commended the Commissioner for the visit and thanked Governor Willie Obiano for his developmental strides in the state.
Chief Mbaji assured the state government that residents of Onitsha GRA will always fulfill their financial obligations to the state government and called for urgent rehabilitation of some roads in the area.
Areas covered by the Commissioner during the inspection visit include various parts of Onitsha GRA, Woliwo and Fegge all in Onitsha.