The Task Force on Redemption of State Government Lands, earlier today in Lokoja, commenced work

The Task Force on Redemption of State Government Lands, earlier today in Lokoja, commenced work, with the resolve to redeem illegally converted public land from such occupiers.
Addressing the Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji Mohammadu Kabiru Markarfi, during a stopover at his palace, the committee Chairman and Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, Hon. Edward Onoja, called for support in the discharge of its duty, noting that some of the issues involved on security issues.
He said that the government faced the challenge of righting the situation whereby public lands, converted to private use.
His words: "His Excellency has set up a committee to look into the incessant encroachment of public institutions' land across the length and breath of Kogi State with the view to stemming that trending approach and ensuring that all public land, all public institutional land are specifically reserved and utilized for the purpose for which it was stayed. For instance, schools, hospitals, estates, and even some tourists centres, cemeteries...
"In Lokoja here, the European Can start is an example. So, His Excellency has said we need to review this thing and bring those who have erred to order, and clearly specified that people should only utilize land that is officially and clearly allocated.
He called on members of the public to come forward with their complains and petitions, where there are such encroachment in government land, to ease the work of the committee.
He noted that the issue of security cannot be overlooked, where public school grounds were been appropriated, or public cemeteries converted into mechanic workshop.
He added, "His Excellency has said he will be just, fair and equitable in every of his assignment, and this committee promises to discharge our duty, and make Kogi more standardized and a system that is functional, so that people don't just wake up tomorrow and venture into a land without any papers, and begin to utilize it. Things must be done orderly; that's the essence of this committee".
The monarch who assured of his support for the initiative, urged the government to look into issues of traditional lands acquired by it, and for which compensation was yet to be made or alternative land allocated, as promised by government in the past.