By Awayi Kuje
Lafia – The Nasarawa State government, on Wednesday, said it would set up a task force that would checkmate the activities of land grabbers in the state.
The state Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr Salihu Ahmed-Alizaga, disclosed this in Lafia, while speaking with newsmen.
He said that the state would put machinery in motion to ensure that lands were properly documented in order to tackle the challenges of land grabbing in some parts of the state.
“We will go tough with the people who specialise in seizing people’s properties in this state.
“We are aware of the activities of land grabbers, especially in Karu, Lafia and some urban centres such as Akwanga and Keffi among others.
“The government intends to set up a task force under my direct supervision, so that there will be searchlight on such activities.
“The committee will be given terms of reference as I will also undertake a tour of all our areas offices for effective service delivery,” he said.
Ahmed- Alizaga advised all legitimate land and property owners to ensure that their lands were well registered and documented in their own interest.
He said that government would collaborate with traditional rulers for easy administration of justice, regarding to land tussle.
The commissioner, who said that land was a veritable factor of production, noted that government would ensure the actualisation of its urban masterplan.
“We will ensure that we use land for economic development, apart from generating revenue to the coffers of the state government,” he said.