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Oyo Assembly Summons Surveyor-General, Others Over Ilu-Tuntun Business District Land Dispute




The Oyo State House of Assembly has called on the Surveyor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Urban Development in the state to appear before the legislators over claims of land grabbing.

The decision to summon the ministry of lands’ head was consequent to a motion alleging that the Oyo State government planned to seize lands and buildings belonging to the people of Akinyele local government.

According to earlier reports, residents of the Olorisa Oko village protested last week at the State’s Secretariat, urging Governor Seyi Makinde to reconsider the proposed acquisition of the remaining property earmarked for the Ilu-Titun Business District.

Fear gripped residents of Olosaoko, Alabata, Ajibade, Agbedo, and Alase villages when strangers posing as government officials went around with various land measuring instruments in their areas, according to a motion presented at the Monday plenary by Hon. Taofeek Kehinde, representing Akinyele 2 State constituency.


He said, “The inhabitants of the mentioned villages are predominantly farmers who have no other means of livelihood other than farm practices. This justifies the cry from the people about the suspicious move by the Government to acquire their means of livelihood without prior notice.


“Acquisition or confiscation of property is usually through appropriate processes and procedures as provided by extant laws. Therefore, the government should communicate the people through the right channels on the proposed mission, it will benefit the people and of course the State.”

In his own words, the Majority leader of the house and lawmaker representing Ogbomoso South, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin added that the government intends to expand the economy by attracting the dry port, railway and other major projects to the area.

He stressed, however, that the government consult the people and carry them along.

“They should inform the people and hold meetings with community leaders and affected residents,” he added.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, therefore, ruled for the permanent secretary of the concerned ministry and the Surveyor-General should appear before the lawmakers to explain the plans of the Oyo State Government.

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