Planning board removes illegal structures to recover govt lands — Daily Times Nigeria

Planning board removes illegal structures to recover govt lands

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Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB) has recovered some important government property at some locations.

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The board was compelled to apply minimum force to recover some of the Government landed property after demolishing illegal structures sited on them.

During the exercise, the board recovered the state government’s land at Union Secondary School, Umuawulu.

General Manager, ANSPPB, Mr. Anene Nwabufo, ordered the removal of illegally planted beacons at the school premises by some land speculators who plotted and sold off some portions.

Nwabufo noted that the land at the school was acquired by government in 1978 and only recently plotted and sold off by some unknown individuals.

The GM, then, urged Ndi Anambra to always seek clarification from appropriate authorities before purchasing, selling or building on any land around a school environment.

The `Show Force Monitoring Team’, was used for the project. They carried out the exercise at Owerre-Ezukala Road, Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area, where a defective building was pulled down.

He noted that the integrity of the structure had been tested by the State Material Testing Laboratory and it was marked as deficient and potentially risky; which then necessitated it being pulled down.

Meanwhile, at Ndikelionwu, the team arrested security personnel who allegedly threatened officers of the board with arms.

The board toured all parts of Aguata LGA, where they marked and served notices to defaulters, whose buildings were without approvals.

Commissioner enjoins bank executives to educate farmers on modalities for loan assessment

Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra State, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba, has called on bank executives to educate farmers on modalities for accessing credit facilities for agricultural production.

He made the call during a meeting with the executives and chairman of commodity association at the ADP Conference Hall.

Onukwuba enjoined them to consider the provision of loan facilities to farmers in order to eradicate hunger and improve their source of income.

He encouraged the farmers to always approach the ministry for advice before seeking loans from the Central Bank or commercial banks, noting, “it pays better to stick to one bank for easy repayment of the loans’’.

In his comment, the CBN Fund Development Appraisal Officer, Mr. Babatope Oyelade, explained that the bank was ready to disburse funds for `Anchor Borrower Programme’.

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The programme was designed to help small holder farmers to develop their farms and increase their production capacity.

In his presentation, the Team Leader of NIRSAL Micro Finance Bank, Mr. Jude Onuoha, explained that NIRSAL had set aside N500 million loan facility for farmers in the state specifically for agricultural production, stressing that the interest rates had been reduced from 9 per cent to 5 per cent to cushion the effect of COVID 19 pandemic.

Public Sector Desk Officer, EcoBank Plc., Mr. Chidi Ansley, who listed the importance of Cooperative Grouping in the system, also said that it was good to form a cooperative as this will help them to trace the farmers in their various local government areas.

The Desk Officer, Small Medium Enterprise (SME) of Fidelity Bank Plc., Mr. Ndubuisi Achebe, explained that the bank was ready to provide credit facilities to cooperative groups, especially rice farmers and pleaded that only genuine farmers would be allowed to access loans.

Chairman of the Poultry Farmer Association, Chief Ugochukwu Okpalaeke, pleaded with the ministry to carry the farmers along.

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