From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Determined to increase her Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR), Delta State government has begun verification of building plan with the inauguration of taskforce on ground rent.
The taskforce members as constituted, would enforce and verify building plan across the state with a view to bringing defaulters with fake building plan to arrest with fine in accordance with the law
Addressing journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr Churchill Amagada said that the purpose of the establishment of the taskforce was to checkmate challenges of development in the state and plug leakages in revenue generation, expressing confidence that the taskforce members would work in accordance with the law.
He emphasized that the administration of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa had invested so much to tackle flood challenges occasioned by Illegal structures, adding that the taskforce members will work with the stipulated laws to enforce their mandate, adding” we have discovered that many residents have no building plan, especially in Asaba and its environs, and with the taskforce members everything would be streamlined”
The Commissioner said that the taskforce members will visit various houses including undeveloped lands to ascertain the level of payment and building plan, adding that defualters would be subjected to making payments into the state government coffers
He said that in line with the urbanization programme of Okowa’s administration, houses without building plan and approval, would be fined and arraign in the court, and Commended the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his passion to develop the state, disclosing that the state government was committed to providing measures for all civil servants to own houses in the before 2023.
Amagada said that the state government has also resolved to recover all outstanding Ground rent owed, adding that lands’ owners with unsettled liabilities are in this direction requested to pay up on or before March 31,2020,or face appropriate sanctions which include but not limited to seal up and or revocation.
The Commissioner, however, called on lands owners and the general public to pay up on demand notice served within 14 days of receipt to avoid sanctions, adding” lands owners in the state that demand notices for ground rent due for 2020, are available for pickup and payment at the various ground rent desks across the state as failure will attract serious sanctions.”