A PERSPECTIVE ON THE RELEVANCE OF THE LAND USE ACT

The Land Use Act states expressly persons whom land is vested upon.

CHAMAN LAW FIRM

5/30/2022 0 min read

A PERSPECTIVE ON THE RELEVANCE OF THE LAND USE ACT

The relevance of the Act cannot be overstated. Since the enactment of the Land Use Act in 1978, land laws have conformed to the provisions of the Act. The Act has repealed some laws including the Southern Land laws and as well made other laws conform with its provision. The Land Use Act has made it clear which persons land is vested upon. Instead of vesting land on any persons which may lead to abuse of such powers and oppression, the Act ensures that only the Governor of each state has the ability to award urban lands and local area councils have the power to allocate rural lands. Before the enactment of the Act, there were many inter and intra ethnic wars on land.

Lawlessness was the order of the day as regions perceived to be stronger tend to challenge weaker regions and take over their lands. Nevertheless, since a survey of newly acquired land is required before occupancy rights can be awarded, there will be fewer border conflicts, as well as fewer land ownership court proceedings. The Act has positively reduced these wars and has made acquisition of land go via legal procedures.

With the Act, there is also easy acquisition of land for development purposes. The Act with the consent of the Governor ensures enough land is used for agricultural, infrastructural purposes rather than personal reasons which might not benefit the society.

The Act has made it possible for proper planning of cities, towns, rural and urban areas. With the Governor in charge of giving consent, there are improved town planning. Left to many individuals, using land for the building of clubs, bars, private schools and only profitable structures is the only way to utilize and optimize land but the consent of the governor won’t give way for this.

Furthermore, the Act has helped individuals who feel are at a disadvantage to be on an equal level playing ground with other individuals and bodies in the acquisition of land. Invariably, the Act has made it possible and still ensuring there is proper check on how land is being acquired and title is being transferred from a vendor to a purchaser. The purchaser might be someone with serious criminal records, the governor however knows how to ensure title is not given to such persons.

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