BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—Edo State Government has revoked ownership of a large expanse of de-reserved land, measuring 101,548 hectares from individuals, who failed to meet the terms on which the land was allocated to them.
Major Lawrence Loye (rtd), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Edo State Government has approved the revocation of all land measuring 101,548 hectares de-reserved in the Forest Reserves for the purpose they were released to the beneficiaries.
“Under this administration, it is unacceptable for any person or bodies, to use land released to them for purposes other than those for which it was de-reserved. All cocoa farmers and other farmers currently farming on the de-reserved land and paying royalties or land rent to individuals or third parties, are hereby directed to stop such payments forthwith.
“The said cocoa farmers and other farmers are hereby further directed to contact the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities for regularisation of their stay on the aforesaid land. It, therefore, becomes an offence to intimidate or harass persons that are currently farming on the said revoked land as such will be visited with the full wrath of the law.”
In another development, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the state government had cancelled post-service promotion of civil servants, noting that workers will now be promoted as at when due.
He assured labour unions in the state of government’s support in improving the quality of life of the working class.
Speaking when the new executive of Trade Union Congress, TUC, visited him in his office, Oshiomhole said: “the state government will cooperate with the unions because the primary purpose of government is to ensure improved quality of life for the people.”
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