The Iyase of Idumuje Kingdom (Traditional Prime Minister), in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state, Chris Ogwu has debunked allegations of land grabbing by persons he described as disgruntled elements who are bent at frustrating the social and economic progress of the town.
Debunking the allegations in a press statement issued by the traditional prime minister and obtained by HardReporters, said all sons and daughters of Idumuje Kingdom who require land to cite infrastructures and project are guaranteed of allocation of land for such purpose after fulfilling the requirements and due processes.
Ogwu, a veteran Sports journalist, noted that citing of the Star University in Idumuje Kingdom by Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko “Is a landmark achievement for the people of Idumuje Ugboko but the allocation of the 93 hactres of land had followed the due process before the Certificate of Occupancy and the Customary Rights of Occupancy were issued to Prince Ned Nwoko in 2015.”
The Iyase denounced the mischief of some persons who used the platform of Idumuje Ugboko to issue a dubious communicaque of an Annual Genereal Meeting and Emergency Meeting of Idumuje Ugboko Development Union (IUDU), where the signatures of persons who were not aware or attended such meetings were inserted in the published public notice.
“Some youths in the town want to capitalise on the period of transition accompanying the demise of the former monarch of Idumuje Kingdom, to create havoc and disrupt the peace and development of the town. The memorandum of understanding signed for the purposes of citing the Star University in Idumuje Ugboko state that the land constitute 40% equity contribution of the town to the Star University project and that town will be favoured to that extent in consideration for skills and personnel that are required to develop the University.
“In addition, at the time of signing the Memorandum of Understanding, it was also a condition that the said land would revert to Idumuje-Ugboko if after five (5) years of the land had not been put to use in the manner for which it was allocated. To erase some false assumptions from the minds of people who may think Hon. Prince Ned Munir Nwoko is the only person to have applied for such a large piece of land, we add that he is not.
“Over the years, the palace has received and treated applications for large parcels of land from several mechanized farming groups. Applications have been received from an Agbor based company as well as another from Asaba to mention but few. Hon. Prince Ned Munir Nwoko has pursued his land requests legally. He has paid compensation to community land users and for two years now has continued to pursue his university goal to build a University and a Golf Course in Idumuje-Ugboko.” adding that “If after five years of land allocation and he has not developed it, the land will revert to Idumuje-Ugboko people. Either way Ugboko will not suffer any loss.” the traditional prime minister stated.