Commissioner Oshibe Gives Conditions to Land Buyers in Ebonyi
…Says upgrading of automation machine now on for survey
By Victor Nwegede
The Honourable Commissioner for Lands and Survey in Ebonyi State, Chief Moses Oshibe has cautioned land buyers in the state to always follow the due process while on the transaction stage.
Hon. Oshibe advised the land buyers to never take for granted the normal process involved in becoming the right owner of land in the state when briefing newsmen on Tuesday at Abakaliki.
Commissioner Oshibe disclosed that every land transaction in the state should be related to his office to avoid any regret coming from any corner, assured of giving the necessary steps to any party involving in the bargain.
His words: If one doesn’t know anything, and you teach that person, once he/she has the knowledg, it will become part of him/her. We are advising people that before you have any transaction on land, come to our office, and do what is called search, know whether the land is encumbered or not. If it is the land that has a problem, we tell you, when we open our sarch. We go through it and tell you this land is free or not. And if it is free we tell you to go ahead. You first of all get a surveyor to survey the land. You do power of attorney, conveyors as the case may be. You go ahead and do all other necessary things which involve in land acquisition. Then, you come and register it. It will give you ‘C’ of ‘O’. Any person that is coming for that land just like I talked about the search will come the place and we search to tell that person the land belongs to another person. We will tell the person don’t go there because another name is against it or we can ask the person to invite the seller to our office. That makes it easier for people to know whether the land is free or not. If the land is not free, we will tell you not to waste your money because the right owner will definitely take his/her land. So, before embarking on land transaction, make sure you meet all the necessary steps.”
He further said that land disputes and cases are drastically getting into a barest minimal since he came on board as the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Lands and Survey.
According to him, “the secret behind the decline to protests emanating from land issues is that the man at the helm of the affairs, Governor David Nweze Umahi follows the due process in land acquisition. And I also follow the same step while carrying out my assignment. So, we have the due process of acquiring lands. There are some approaches if presented to those having a land case, they may not be happy and that can trigger conflicts. But there are still approaches if given to such persons involving in land issue, they feel happy and welcome them. We have a process of acquiring lands through the gentleman negotiation. We meet the person one on one. Explain and convince him or her, what you want that place to be used for, and the same time, use it for that purpose. Because we always follow the due process, the people whose lands were acquired normally see the reasons to be at peace with us. We equally give the person all his entitlements before acquiring the land. It is when you collect people’s property by force without proper negotiation and agreement, then, you will face their brutal reactions since they are human beings. This time around, we follow the due process and we are at all the time mindful of the public overriding interest. That is why we record no agitation or protest related to land issues with government and the people or group”, he added.
Chief Oshibe pledged doing his best to fine-tune the Ministry of Lands and Survey in the state as he noted that there are alots of improvement in the ministry since assumed office.
“Based on what we had before us. We have done alot of things. There have been an improvement in my office since I came on board. We have acquired lands, paid compensations. We have equally distributed the land to people for private and public use. We have an automation machine in the office which we are trying to upgrade. When the machine is fully in operation. It will ease the verification of lands and payment as well. It is a new digital machine and when it is fully in operation, will spread all over other areas like local government areas and communities within the state. Alll the roads dualization and flyovers, we acquired those areas, and compensations were fully paid. And almost everybody is happy with what is happening. The international airport land, we acquired the area and as well paid the compensation. The new college of medicine at Uburu, the same thing happened. We thank God for what He is using us to do in the Ebonyi Ministry of Lands and Survey” he unveiled.
The Honourable Commissioner has also appreciated Ebonyi people for having continued observing the sit at home order and advised them to strictly keep all the health guidelines and rules including the preventive measures against the deadly disease ravaging the globe; maintaining that a total hygienic life and prayers would be the antidotes to Convid-19 pandemic.