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Geographical Information Agency for Imo By Chinasa Ogbonna

Imo State Government has introduced the Imo State Geographical Information Agency (IGIA) to eliminate problems of land racketeering, land speculating, missing files, missing cards and bribery of land officers.

The State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Housing, Hon. Uche Nwosu, who spoke to newsmen recently, said that IGIA is a process of computerizing information on all lands in the state.

He said that it is easier for a land speculator or a “land thief” to have access to ordinary files and remove land documents to either forge it or sell it.

“We are hard on land racketeering now”, he said.

Hon. Nwosu, who noted that the ministry has the data of all the lands in the state that are registered with the ministry, also commended the governor for merging the Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Housing, saying it will be easier for the Ministry of Housing to acquire lands to build on without having any cause to clash with any community.

He noted that the government will, by the end of this month (March) be done with the issue of compensations.

Also speaking , the Managing Director of  Imo State Oil Producing Areas Commission (ISOPADEC),  Prince Dr. Henry Okorafor, expressed happiness that the state government will soon complete the four-storey building at New Owerri, opposite Ahiajoku Conference Centre which he said, is the permanent site for the commission.

Prince Okorafor who noted that the State Government has concluded arrangement to build a maritime university in the State said that the commission made sure that the relief materials given to all flood affected areas were perfectly distributed.

He revealed that there is less youth restiveness in the areas.

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