Land Ministry cautions against trespass on Naze Industrial layout

Onuegbu

Trouble awaits anyone who will attempt to trespass on the lands designated within the Naze Industrial Master plan of the Imo State government.
This is as a result of the warning contained in a Press Release signed by the Hon. Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Barr (Chief) Enyinna Onuegbu, KSC, dated July 29, 2020 and availed to Edge Express.
The general public especially the people of Naze and Umudibia Nekede have been warned to steer clear of government lands within the designated area or be prepared to face the consequences.
Excerpts of the statement read:
“The general public especially the natives of Naze and Umudibia Nekede communities are hereby reminded that the land known and called “The Naze Industrial Master Plan Layout” situate at Naze and Umudibia communities, Imo State, was duly acquired and compensation paid to the original owners before now by the Imo State Government as required by law.
“Therefore the public and natives of the communities in particular are hereby WARNED that any act of trespass, interference or dealings over any portion of land constituting the layout, inconsistent with government interest or public purposes, shall not be condoned in any manner and such trespasser shall be prosecuted with the full weight of applicable laws
“Please be warned”, the statement concluded.
There are various reports that people have been encroaching on government lands in the various communities of Imo State especially on lands designated for development. There has been a running battle between the Federal Universities of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and its host communities over encroachment.
Meanwhile, the report circulating in social media by the aides of the former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, that the Naze Industrial Master Plan Layout, was created during his administration, has been countered by the Ministry of Lands.
Chief Enyinna Onuegbu disclosed that the layout was created by Late Sam Mbakwe, and warned those circulating the unfounded lies to desist from misinforming Imolites.

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