Bauchi state committee on recovery of government property revokes 97 certificates of occupancy



A committee set up by Bauchi State Government to recover government property illegal allocated to individuals says it has revoked allocation of 97 plots of land.

Chairman of the Committee, Air Cdr Ahmed Tijjani-Baba (Rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday in Bauchi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Tijjani-Baba explained that the plots of land belonged to State Government institutions but were allocated to individuals by the immediate past administration in the state.

He explained that 89 of the plots belonged to the Bauchi State College for Arts and Science (BACAS), allocated to individuals in the name of “curve outs.”

Tijjani-Baba also explained that eight plots were also curved out at the premises of Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP), and equally allocated to individuals.

He emphasized that the plots at BSADP were meant for the construction of senior and junior lan staff quarters, staff school, police outpost, football field and other recreational facilities meant for staff and children of the Programme.

He said that documents, including Allocation Letters, Grant or Certificate of Occupancy, were initiated, approved and issued to the beneficiaries on May 28, 2015.

The chairman said that the committee had taken possession of all the affected plots, while the beneficiaries were directed to surrender the documents to the State Ministry of Lands and Survey.

Alhaji Garba Noma, one of the beneficiaries, while commenting on the matter, insisted that the plot situated at BACAS, was allocated to him by the last administration two years ago.

Noma told NAN that the said plots used to be a hideout for armed robbers and miscreants, following the relocation of some faculties of the school to its permanent site along Bauchi to Jos Road.

He said that he had requested the then administration of Gov. Isa Yuguda to allocate the plot to him for the construction of some social amenities, and was obliged

Noma said that he had received the revocation notice and halted ongoing construction work on the site.

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