How we found land — Oyo govtWe adopted due course of — Ajimobi
By Ola Ajayi
AS hullabaloo over the revocation of 26,000 hectares of land acquired by the fast previous Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi continues between him and his successor, Governor Seyi Makinde, the previous governor has stated that there was nothing he did throughout his tenure that didn’t comply with due course of.
He stated since Governor Makinde now holds the ace because the incumbent governor, he reserves the prerogative to cancel any coverage his administration made that he feels uncomfortable with.
Mr. Seyi Makinde and Abiola Ajimobi
Justifying his revocation order, Governor Makinde, by way of the Commissioner for Setting and Pure Assets, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, stated utilizing the forest reserve land for agricultural functions negates environmental legal guidelines due to dire penalties that might path such motion.
He additional knowledgeable that the federal government isn’t resting on the revocation of that land alone, however different related instances can be regarded
into in order to pacify frayed nerves.
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Ayoola, a former Speaker of the Home of Meeting within the state, informed Vanguard that he had simply had a gathering with the Commissioner for Lands the place he promised him to look into the chart within the ministry that particulars acquisition process.
Reacting, the previous Governor who spoke by way of his Particular Adviser on Media, Mr Tunji Bolaji stated, “You already know Ajimobi that he would by no means do something with out due course of. Everyone who benefitted from the land acquisition went by way of the traditional due course of. There was nothing like quick lower.”
“Since he’s the governor, he has the prerogatives to cancel any coverage the previous administration did that he’s not handy with. Could also be that’s what led to the revocation of the land. He can change no matter coverage he’s not snug with. That’s why he’s the governor”, he stated.
One other 440 hectares of land at Idi Ishin
Other than the 26,000-hectare land, the previous administration can be enmeshed in over 440 hectares of land at Idi Ishin space the place the villagers are crying foul, whereas the administration of Christian Faculty for the Deaf is pleading with Governor Makinde to return the a part of its land forcefully taken by the previous administration to the helpless college students.
The land, which is situated on Lagos -Ibadan expressway, is the brand new web site of the deaf college which the administration stated it could be used for the development of the primary College for the Deaf in Africa.
Whereas explaining why the land was revoked, Ayoola, alleged that the 6000 hectares of land at Gambari Forest Reserve and one other 20,000 hectares at ÌÌpàrà Forest Reserve had been forest reserves which weren’t meant for agricultural functions.
However talking by way of Mr. Bolaji Tunji, his Media Aide, Ajimobi stated he and different authorities officers who bought the land underneath a coverage his authorities put in place, paid for the lands as required by legislation.
Tunji stated: “The allocation of land which were revoked, was accomplished underneath the federal government’s coverage referred to as Agro Industrial Zones.
“The thought was to make land out there to massive agricultural buyers. The federal government resorted to this selection when it turned troublesome to entry land straight from our communities. The land that was allotted then was the depleted portion of the forest reserves.”
“Depleted within the sense that they’d been encroached upon and the timber had been felled, illegally with out folks planting replacements.
It was additionally grounds for folks to plant unlawful substances corresponding to Indian hemp,” Ajimobi stated.
How we found hectares of land —Ayoola
At a press briefing anchored by the Commissioner for Info, Tradition and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, Ayoola, stated, on assumption of workplace on16th August, his administrators informed him about late authorities alleged pillage of our forest sources.
He listed the hectares of land allegedly acquired saying out of 9 Forest Reserves the state authorities has embody the reserve at Gambari with 11,431 hectares, Osho with 3,704, Ijaiye with 28,491, Olokemeji with 7,511, Lanlate 7,507, Igangan 39,627, Olaseinde 686, Ooko/Iroo 2,300 and Opara 248,640.
He stated: “I used to be informed they took 6000 hectares for themselves at Gambari Forest Reserve. At ÌÌpàrà Forest Reserve, he sliced off 20,000 hectares.
“What makes these acquisitions reprehensible, and environmentalists and conservationists will agree, he famous, is that forests are very very important within the combat in opposition to international warming and its attendant drawback of local weather change.”
“Nations of the world wish to not solely protect their forest sources however they’re including to it. However our man was making an attempt to remove from our forest.”
Ajimobi defends coverage
Senator Ajimobi stated there was an enormous profit accrued to the state by the coverage. A part of the advantages, he added, was an enormous Agro Industrial Advanced which now generates employment within the 1000’s.
Tunji stated: “A situation was additionally connected to the allocation to the impact that allottees should plant timber to compensate for the agricultural websites.
It was a way of remodeling the state’s agricultural panorama and transferring the folks away from peasant cutlass and hoes farming to fashionable agricultural practices. Like what Senator Ajimobi did then, it was not free. It’s important to pay whether or not as an appointee or member of the general public.”
The State, underneath the watch of Senator Ajimobi, he added, launched into a partnership with the IITA which led to the publication of a guide entitled: Oyo State Agricultural Transformation Coverage Framework. It was a 25-year agricultural coverage purpose.
“The State launched into the development of a strategic storage facility which birthed the 10,000 metric ton Silos for Strategic
storage in Oyo city. With a view to create sufficient manpower for this agricultural revolution, the School of Agric Igboora was made autonomous”, he stated.
In the meantime, some residents within the state are calling on Governor Makinde to do the needful if he feels the legislation of the land has been infringed upon.”