Gombe State government yesterday said plans are in the pipeline to conduct land census in the suburbs of Gombe metropolis.
It equally disclosed that there are no plans to take over the properties of residents of the suburbs.
While briefing newsmen at Ahmadu Bello Quarters, Southern Back 4 Area of the metropolis, the commissioner for information, Julius Ishaya, said the team of Gombe Capital Special Development Zone Tax, headed by the deputy governor, Dr Daniel Manassah Jatai chose to embark on sensitization campaign to enlighten residents.
Ishaya told journalists that the area is not a layout by government, but acquired through customary means, noting that individuals acquired lands for farmlands and ended up constructing structures on it.
The commissioner said: “We have told the residents to cooperate and know that the government don’t have any intention to takeover anybody’s land, but government rather wants to improve and add value to the land that we have here, we say at the end of this integration this people will have access roads, there will be provision for different kind of services.”
He said these customary titles are right in centre of the city now and that the taskforce is working to integrate these customary titles into a layout based on the current existing structures.
He added that the taskforce is going to embark on census of the current structures to make sure that the government knows what is currently existing and added that all forms of new constructions should be suspended immediately so that it would give the taskforce the opportunity to carry out the census of what is existing. He noted that the technical people would also begin the process of the integration of the customary titles into the government layout so that the place can have the necessary requirements that a layout should have.