The Cross River State government has set aside 25 thousand Square Kilometres of land to attract reputable investors.
A representative of the government, John Inyang made this known during the inauguration of a 9-man Land Use Allocation committee in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
Inyang, who is also the Commissioner for Land, said the State Governor, Ben Ayade was determined to eliminate all bottlenecks associated with land acquisition and make the State an industrial hub.
According to Inyang, “Governor Ayade is in a hurry to transform the socio-economic landscape of the State to better the lots of its citizenry and so will not allow anybody or bureaucratic bottleneck hamper its effort in attaining the desired developmental objectives.”
He stated that, “With over 25,000 square kilometres of land, we are poised to partner with reputable investors and companies from within and outside the country wishing to set up their businesses in the State”.
While urging the committee to avoid certain pitfalls and greed, Inyang said, “it is important that you treat every matter before you with dispatch and all amount of seriousness as it relates to certificate of occupancy on private land holdings.”
The Commissioner said that the committee would embark on intensive public enlightenment to enable private land owners understand government’s direction as well as assure the people of the protection of their rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“Besides the discharge of the statutory functions stipulated in the Land Use Act, the committee has the overall responsibility of enlightening the general public on the aims and objectives of the Act to help dispel the notion that government, in the exercise of its rights as provided for in the Act, is trampling upon the people’s right to own property,” the Commissioner added.