Imo state government has disclosed plans to review land allocation in the state from 2007 till date. The newly appointed Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Hon. Uche Nwosu made this disclosure during the formal hand-over of the affairs of the ministry by the out-going commissioner, Nze Ogueri Enwerem, who presently serves as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry. He said “My mission in this ministry is to ensure that the right thing is always done. The governor knows my capacity and to the best of my ability, I will implement the basic principles of Rochanomics which include sacrifice, decentralization, culture and political will as well as provide affordable land for Imo people. The state government will review land allocation, starting from 2007 till date to check series of abuses and land racketeering. Beneficiaries of land that were genuinely allocated will retain their allocations while other that was fraudulently allocated will be out-rightly revoked.”
The commissioner also stated that government would allocate land to individuals that are capable of contributing to the infrastructural development of the state even as it would not hesitate to revoke any allocation its beneficiary fails to develop within a specified period of time. “When you talk about ministry of Lands, people always have this bad image because they believe it is a haven for fraud. What I will do is to ensure that anybody that gets allocation will develop it without delay. If one is given a land and after six months or a year he/she is not able to develop it, the state government will revoke it and re-allocate it to another person” Hon. Nwosu said.
He however, assured workers of the ministry of an improved welfare which he pointed out will top his priorities as the Commissioner for Lands. Earlier, the outgoing Commissioner for Lands, Nze Enwerem, described his successor as a team player in the rescue mission who has the experience to make Ministry of lands a viable and productive ministry. He urged the staff to give him the same support accorded to him in his quest to transform the ministry.