By AMAKA Ukoha
The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has accented to two new bills on Imo Waste Management Agency and Consolidation of Property and Land Use Charges.
Accenting to the Bill on Waste Management Agency, Governor Uzodinma noted that with the Law in place the issue of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the State and its evacuation will be a thing of the past as the offenders will be subject to heavy fines.
He further stated that waste management is a big business all over the civilized world and with the law in place, our waste will be converted into wealth, “Government will recycle the wealth for the purpose of wealth creation.”
The Governor pointed out that with the law in place, ENTRACO will be entrepreneurial and creative in the Waste Management disposal.
The second bill which is on Consolidation of Property and Land Use Charges, and other matters thereof takes care of whose duty it is to pay land and property charges.
It proposes that any occupier of land or landed property should pay the land use charges whether he or she is the owner of the land or not for less than 10 years. The law states the owner of the land will pay the land use charges and not the occupier.
The Governor said that the law brings sanity to land acquisition and identification of land owners. He opined that the law will go a long way to certify those that are legitimate and illegitimate land grabbers in the state. Moreso, the law makes it compulsory for recertification of all certificates of occupancy and all those holding such certificates as the process of such is already automated.
Assuring Imolites that the days of good governance and a better tomorrow is here. Lending his voice, the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins informed that with the accent of the Governor to the Land Use Charge Bill, the Government has been empowered to re-certify all C of Os issued in the years past. He noted that lands acquired especially through allocations will equally be received to ascertain its legality. He further stated that with the law in place the forceful acquisition of people’s lands by those in position of authority without recourse to due process, is surely a thing of the past.