The decision, contained in a Press Statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and signed by Pius Mordi, Media Assistant to the Honourable Commissioner, followed a formal complaint made the management of the university backed by the Ministry of Higher Education to the effect that land speculators and fraudulent persons have been illegally encroaching on the school’s land.
Giving the order for the demolition of all such buildings, Chief Dan Okenyi, Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, said an investigative team had confirmed that the school’s lands were being encroached upon.
“I also personally visited and saw things for myself. I was shocked by the extent people can dare in acquiring lands without bothering to confirm their true status with the Ministry of Lands”, Okenyi said.
“Indeed, up to one quarter of the lands in DELSU have been illegally acquired with the structures at various stages of construction. I have authorised the immediate demolition of the illegal buildings there. Government is really left with no choice than to demolish the buildings in order to protect the medium and long term development plans of the university”, Okenyi stated.
He said the General Manager, Urban Development in the ministry has been directed to commence the immediate demolision of the identified illegal structures within the school premises. The commissioner expressed concern on the rate at which people part with their money to miscreants without confirming the true status of the land they wish to buy from the Ministry of Lands.
He explained that the ministry has records of the status of all lands in Asaba and other urban areas in the state and urged those wishing to buy lands to confirm their genuineness in the ministry before parting with their money.