The Hope Uzodinma administration has accused the former governor of Imo State, and Senator representing Orlu Zone, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of sharing the Alvan quarters/Shell Camp to foreigners and political associates without paying a kodo to the State coffers. Uzodinma further stated that most of the allottees were done under fictitious names.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu, the Imo State Commissioner for Land, Survey and Physical Planning, made this disclosure when the Owerri branch of the Nigerian Barr Association, NBA paid him a courtesy call on Monday. Onuegbu said the Ex- governor allocated lands to people, who were not from the State denying Imo people the opportunity to the allocations.
Onuegbu further stated that the little allocations given to Imo indigenes, were made to names from one single Local Government mostly with fictitious names, while the rest of the Imo people were denied.
Onuegbu when on to state that some people received four plots, while others got three with discrepancies in measurement.
Onuegbu went on to state, that the Alvan/Shell Camp, was estimated at N25million per plot, stating that the ex-governor gave a waiver to the over 60 allotees which could have been used to tar the roads in the quarters.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu went on to state, that Gov Hope Uzodimma has directed that those who have more than one allocation would be revoked and the allocations given to Imo people.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu stated that his ministry, was putting finishing touches to the process, stating that in no distant time, Imo people would be called upon to bid for the lands.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu went on to disclose, that before the administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, there were only twelve housing estates in the state capital, but within the past nine years, the number had increased to nearly ninty-two, without proper records or approval from relevant government agencies.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu accused Rochas Okorocha of revoking lands with genuine Certificate of Occupancy, (C of O) and giving those lands to his close associates. Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu, stated that Gov Hope Uzodimma has directed that those unjustly treated should return to their lands.
Onuegbu lamented the decay in land administration in the state, which he said occured in the last nine years of the administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, stating that Gov Hope Uzodimma was bent on correcting all abnormalities in the system, and restore the confidence of Imo people towards land matters in the State.
Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu called on those with land related matters, especially native lands to exercise some patience promising that the Hope Uzodinma government was setting up measures to address them. Onuegbu further stated that most government lands had been converted to private individuals with their records or files disappearing.