…expresses disappointment on the level of decay in the ministry of lands.
The Organized Labour in Enugu state comprising of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress(TUC) has accused the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development in Enugu state, Dr Victor Nnam who resigned his appointment few days ago of land grabbing while in office.
In a press statement issued at Enugu and signed by both NLC and TUC presidents, Comrade Virginus Nwobodo and Comrade Benneth Asogwa respectively, the Labour Union said they are dismayed by the activities of the resigned commissioner who they accused of revoking the land belonging to the members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees(NULGE) Enugu state, subdivided the land and re-allocated same to cronies.
“The ministry of lands under the former Commissioner revoked the land belonging to the members of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees(NULGE) Enugu state, re-parceled the land, and re-allocated same to another set of owners. All the local government workers affected by this action are still counting their loses.
“The commissioner also revoked the plots of land belonging to a body of health workers in ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu (mostly Medical Doctors) and all attempts to recover the property has repeatedly been truncated by the former Commissioner and his team.”
The Labour Union said the former Commissioner made a lot of residents of Enugu including workers to lose the plots of land they genuinely bought.
The NULGE chairman, Comrade Kenneth Emeka Ugwueze in his reaction said NULGE members were ready for a show down with the former Commissioner, but had to resort to civil approach due to the present fragile security by petitioning to the security agencies in the state and gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Comrade Ugwueze alleged that the former Commissioner hurriedly tendered his resignation when he got wind of the preliminary report of the discreet investigation by the security agencies to avert his sack.
Reacting to the reasons contained in the letter of his resignation of Dr Nnam, Comrade Ugwueze said, “If grabbing people’s land without due process is a dilligent work done by his affected officers and his version of ‘world best practices in land administration’ then he should blame himself for the act and seek forgiveness from God and so many groups and individuals that he subjected to untold hardship and dehumanization through his ‘Diligence.’
“It is ridiculous for the Hon. Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development to write such letter of resignation when the investigation is still ongoing and those his senior officers were only redeployed to give way for proper investigation of his Ministry which has been on public domain including but not limited to several invitations by the Enugu House of Assembly.”
The Organized Labour commended gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the steps he has already taken to sanitize the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development and urged that investigation by the security agencies be concluded so that justice will be done. They equally advised that the next commissioner should be approachable, diligent, humble and law abiding in discharging his duties.