The Edo State Government, as part of efforts at ensuring all property in the state are with building plans, is offering property developers a 2-week window for issuance of free building plan permits.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning, Urban and Regional Development, Isoken Omo, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Edo State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, in Benin City.

Omo charged property developers to approach the ministry to approve their building plans, noting that the ongoing ‘Operation show your building plans’ is not to witch hunt anybody but in line with the government’s vision of actualising the state’s 30-year development plan.

She noted, “The ‘Operation show you building plan’ seeks to encourage all land developers and those building to come for their building plan in the ministry. The objective of the exercise is to capture all into the Edo State Master Plan as it’s necessary for development.

“From now till 31st of March, those that will approach us and apply for their building approval will not be charged but after then, charges will apply. I appeal to all to take this window of opportunity.

“The benefits of having your plans are huge as your property is recorded and identified as a legal property on Edo soil and the conveyance letter which is like a legal document is issued to you.”

“Ensure your building is captured at this time as the Ministry is very cooperative and the exercise will continue every Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” the commissioner added.

On his part, The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Stephen Idehenre said the state will flag off its farming season on Thursday, March 25, 2022.

He said, “The State Government will be flagging off the farming season on Thursday, 25th of March 2022. This year’s farming season should be taken seriously as there will be an interface between farmers and off-takers. The government will provide motorbikes for extension workers to get feedback from extension officers.”

Idehenre further disclosed that since the outbreak of the Lassa fever in Edo, the state has recorded 160 cases and 20 deaths, representing a 13 percent death rate in the state.

“The disease is a pandemic that is still ravaging some communities across local government areas in Edo State. I call all to join hands with the relevant authority to manage and keep the environment clean.”