Nigeria: Gombe Revokes Title of Government Layouts, Customary, Statutory Title

…Creates Gombe Capital Special Development Zone, Constitutes Implementation Committee…

The Gombe State Government has conceived an idea of a new project geared towards the infrastructural and socio-economic development of the State, with the keen interest of constructing befitting state structures and drawing investors to boost the State IGR.

The project is aimed at providing a safe and conducive environment for both local and foreign investors in terms of land use and urbanisation.

The State Deputy Governor, Dr Manasseh Daniel Jatau had earlier in a press conference conveyed the approval of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, mandating Gombe Geographic Information Systems (GOGIS) to revoke land titles of some government layouts and other customary as well as statutory title which the State Government henceforth designated areas as Gombe Capital Special Development Zone.

The Gombe Capital Special Development Zone project as contained in the press statement, “is a State Government project that aims to provide a safe and conducive environment to both local and foreign investors in the State, most especially, in terms of land use and urbanization, due to exponential growth of the metropolitan area of the State.”

“After a series of consultations with experts and relevant stakeholders from various professions to ensure the acceptability of the selected area, therefore, the North-West to the South-Western part of Gombe metropolis are selected and designated as Gombe Capital Special Development Zone”.

“The zone consists of an area of about 1,478.17 hectares and affects the following Government layouts; BAG1048, GDP 12, GDP 16, GDP 16A, GDP 16B, DP 65, GDP 4, GDP 4A, GDP 5, BAP 4, and other customary titles.” The statement further stated.

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The statement also reveals that the Governor approved the acquisition of the customary land, south of the BAP/4 layout, for overriding public interest subject to payment of compensation.

Considering the gigantic nature of the project, the zone will be developed in two phases with the first phase covering 525.9 hectares, starting from BAP/4 and GDP/4 Layouts. The statement added.

To ensure resumption of activities in the zone, the State Government directs the land title holders at the designated areas to come to GOGIS for recertification of their title through adhering to the Agency’s necessary mechanism.

Interacting with the journalists, shortly after the conference and shedding more light on the importance of the project, Dr Kabiru Usman Hassan, said Gov. Inuwa Yahaya was passionate about development control in Gombe State, emphasizing that the directive affects the land title at the affected areas to streamline the infrastructural development.

Also, the Governor approved the constitution of an implementation committee, which comprises the representatives of Gombe State Investment & Property Development Company Ltd, Gombe State
Revenue Optimization Company Limited, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Works and Transport and Ministry of Land and Survey, Ministry of Justice, and the Gombe State Urban and Planning Development Authority (GOSUPDA), to be chaired by the Deputy Governor of Gombe State.

Also in attendance at the conference were, the State Attorney General, Barr. Zubairu Ciroma, Commissioner Ministry of Lands and Survey, Hon. Usman Jahun Biri, Hon. Commissioner of information, Julius Ishaya Lepes, Commissioner Ministry of Works, Engr. Abubkar Bappah and Chairman Gombe State Urban Planning and Development Authority (GOSUPDA), Air Commodore (rtd) Peter Bilal.

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