Imo State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu has warned those erecting structures in Oruru Egwe/Station Layout, Oguta in Oguta Local Government to desist forthwith as the land belongs to the state Government.
Addressing Executives of Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union in his office on Thursday, February 4, Onuegbu expressed the displeasure of the state Government that some unscrupulous persons in previous administrations disenfranchised original owners of their Certificate of Occupancy for the land, warning that those erecting unauthorized structures in the land are doing so at their own peril.
The Commissioner commended the Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union for conducting their affairs in a lawful manner, and advised them to investigate further on the status of the litigation in the Court, saying that despite the injunctions in the court, some people are still building on the land.
The Commissioner gave the assurance that the Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma is determined to set things right and make the people happy, assuring them that they will hear from the state Government within 7 days.
Earlier in an address presented by Barr. R. N. Mberekpe, President General on behalf of Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union, the Oguta people appealed to the Commissioner to reactivate the Special Committee for the Actualization of Oruru Egwe/Station Layout, Oguta saying that the layouts came on board during the time of late Sam Mbakwe in 1983 and was backed up with a gazette and statutory rights of occupancies given out to beneficiaries.
According to them, the layouts were dormant for about 37 years , and appealed to the Commissioner to approach Governor Uzodinma on their behalf to get the suspension lifted and constitute a new Committee so that developments will continue to thrive in the area.