A standing committee for property and land reconciliation and compensation has been established by the Enugu State Government. Its duties include reviewing all construction approvals, double and wrongful allocations, double certificates of occupancy, and title documents.
The committee is also to evaluate compensations in respect of government’s acquired lands, among other functions.
This is even as residents of the state welcomed the development as timely and commendable, insisting that the governor had begun to restore hope, justice and confidence in government.
Inaugurating the committee over the weekend in Enugu, the state governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, charged members of the committee to be resolute, fair, transparent and bring to bear their experiences and integrity which were the conditions precedent for their selection.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, and chairman of the committee, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, said the terms of reference of the committee as spelt out should be implemented to the letter, adding that the procedures adopted must pass the tests of integrity, accountability, traceability, transparency, and fairness to all parties regardless of status.
The committee, known as Inter-Ministerial Committee for Property/Land Reconciliation and Compensation in Enugu State, is saddled with the responsibility of verifying all title documents relating to lands and property in any designated area assigned for construction; verifying all construction approvals and stages of construction.
It is also to reconcile all issues of double allocations, wrongful allocation, double certificates of occupancy; evaluation and payment of compensations in respect of any acquisition; resolving issues of acquisition and recommending amount of compensation to be paid, and verifying allocations and payment made as a result of the allocations.
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