Oyo State Government on Sunday announced the immediate dismissal of all ad-hoc staff at various State Town Planning Offices in the state.
It directed them to vacate the premises immediately.
Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Mr. Ajiboye Omodewu through a press statement made available to DAILY POST by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun on Sunday reiterated that the state government has moved from analogue Certificates of Occupancy to electronic ones for efficiency and technological advancement.
Omodewu also disclosed that about 245 Electronic Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) are ready for collection at the State Ministry of Land, Housing and Survey.
He stated that the electronic C of O has security features and encrypted security code which is unique to the owner, adding that the picture of title holder would appear on it with the survey plan of the land printed at the back of the certificate in order to prevent fraudulent productions.
Omodewu urged the members of the public to take advantage of the electronic of C of O to have proper title documents, noting that this protect land owners from land grabbers.
Director-General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, Tpl. Waheed Gbadamosi stated that the all ad-hoc staff were issuing fake receipts and bank tellers to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, as well as posing as Town Planning Officers at the various Town Planning Offices in the state.
He explained that after the Bureau got a tip off about the circulation of fake receipts and Bank Tellers by these unscrupulous people, it delegated some officials to carry out investigations on the matter which eventually led to the arrest of one of the culprits named Mr. Asumo Taofeek Abiola at Akinyele Local Government who is now in Police custody.
Gbadamosi stressed that government has therefore given a directive that all ad-hoc staff at various State Town Planning Offices should vacate the premises, stating that they will be arrested and handed over to the Law Enforcement Agents if they don’t.