The Ebonyi State government through a recent public service announcement by the State Commissioner for Information, Barr. Uchenna Orji, has reiterated its control over areas within the state designated as Urban Areas.
The announcement reads as follows:
Following the designation of some Local Government Areas as Urban, the Ebonyi State Executive Council has directed as follows:
1. That all lands within the urban territories in all the local government Areas designated as urban, are under the administration, control and management of the state government land use and allocation committee.
2. That no person or group of persons, be it town union or Development Centre, or Local Government authority is allowed to alienate or allocate or howsoever meddle with the title of the land within the areas designated as urban, without the express permission or approval by the state government.
3. It is to be noted that henceforth, legal title to the land in respect of the areas designated as urban, shall be availed only to an occupant who has acquired statutory right of occupancy from the state government.
For the benefit of doubt, the Local Government Areas newly designated as urban are Afikpo North, Ivo, and Ohaozara Local Government Areas.
All local government authorities and Community Development Unions are to please note and comply accordingly.
Hon Barr Orji Uchenna Orji
(Honourable Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring)