Seriake Dickson
Seriake Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has warned those encroaching on government lands and properties to desist from the unwholesome practice, vowing that his government will prosecute anyone found culpable.
Dickson gave the warning when the State Special Task Force on Identification and Recovery of Government Lands, headed by Chief Ige Edaba, submitted its report to him, a statement by his media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Thursday.
The governor particularly called on those, whose compensation had been paid and re-entering into lands acquired by the government to steer clear from such lands.
He advised them that if there were issues to be resolved, they should approach the Ministry of Lands and Survey to address them.
Dickson stated, “I want to call on landowners to desist from re-entering lands in respect of which, compensation has been paid. If compensation has not been fully paid and the government has already started developing the land, then respect the rights of the government, because that is the property of everybody, including you.
“You can approach the Ministry of Lands and Survey and then discuss with them as to how they can complete the acquisition.
“But the solution is not to collect compensation (money) from the government and then go back and sell government lands. We will treat those people as pure criminals that they are and we will begin the process of recovering all such lands.”
The governor, who promised to study the report, directed the Ministries of Justice and the Lands and Survey to take measures in recovering all affected government lands.
While assuring the people of the state that his administration remained focused on delivering on the dividends of democracy, he, however, called on them to shun all antics of some politicians, who were bent on destabilising the state for their selfish ends.


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