There are indications that the Ogun State government may clamp down on owners of property on encroached land belonging to schools across the state.
Worried at the development, the Special Adviser/Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ogun State, Mr. Aina Salami has advised that proper land documentation and the official gazette of acquired land as the panacea to incessant encroachment, especially by land grabbers, on lands belonging to schools across the State.
Salami, in a statement by Ms. Morolayo Fadairo, Press Officer, advised officials of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology. Abeokuta during a meeting.
He urged the Ministry and school authorities to do survey plans, register their land titles, and gazette them statutorily for proper recording.
Emphasizing the need for the sensitization of residents of host communities where schools are located against the purchase of land within the vicinity of schools, Salami also urged school authorities to establish boundaries in such schools with the assistance of the Bureau of Lands and Survey and put-up notifications of encroachment to further dissuade buyers from falling into the hands of land grabbers.
Speaking at the meeting, representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Omolara Okusanya disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to put a lasting solution to the issue of land encroachment on school land, saying that it was a serious issue that needed to be sorted out at once.
Mrs. Okusanya, who appreciated the DG and his team for the advice, observed that encroachment had become a general problem many government schools are facing in the different zones across the State.