From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
A stakeholders meeting on land administration has been held in Katsina with a view to ensure that due process are being adhered to in Land acquisition and erection of building in the state.
Participants were drawn from the ministry, the office of the Surveyor General, the Urban and Regional Planning Board-URPB, the Directorate of state security Services- DSS, Masons and Bricklayers Association, Builders and Land Users, the Nigerian Bar Association-NBA and the Nigeria Police Force, among others.
Declaring the meeting open, the state Commissioner for Lands, Alhaji Usman Nadada urged builders in particular to ensure that plot owners obtain relavant building permits from URPB before embarking on the construction of residential quarters throughout the state.
He assured that the Ministry would continue to work towards ensuring that people obtain the certificate of occupancy for their lands and contribute to the government’s revenue generation drive.
TPL Usman Nadada expressed the hope that, the meeting would assist government to stop people from building houses on Water ways to check flooding in the state.
In a remarks, the Acting permanent secretary, Alhaji Sani Nadada implored individuals and corporate bodies to always obtain certificates for their lands.
Sani warned owners of farmlands near towns, cities and villages against carving out plots without the knowledge of relavant authority, thereby creating layouts that have no access roads.
On their part, the state Surveyor General, Alhaji Yunusa Lawal and the General Manager of URPB, Alhaji Aminu Mijinyawa both advised people against embarking on constructions without permits.