Borno state government has sealed eight offices and guests houses occupied by development partners for not updating their property records in different locations in Maiduguri metropolis.
The offices locked included that of international non governmental organisations and local NGOs.
Speaking to journalists shortly after a special enforcement operation, Executive Secretary Borno Geographic Information Service BOGIS Alhaji Adam Bababe said out of the 183 International and local NGOs operating in the state only 21 have come forward to perfect their documents.
According to him the Agency had written series of letters in June and August, 2020 as well January this year to landlords of all the organizations but have failed to turn up, hence the enforcement exercise.
“What we have realised that majority of where people use as hotels or offices by international or local NGOs, civil society organisations or even schools and hospitals, they do not care to come and perfect these documents, they damn the consequences to go ahead and do their activities and that has warranted if we do not go after them, they will not come with the sanity that we require”.
Alhaji Bababe said the Agency will undertake similar exercise to banks and other financial institutions across the state.
The Executive Secretary pointed out that for any transaction of lease of property or change of purpose to be legal, the Executive Governor must give approval.
He called on property owners to update their documents and pay the statutory ground rent as government will not hesitate to invoke relevant laws against defaulters.