Niger govt compensates 153 land owners


Niger State Government has paid over N40 million as compensation to about 153 beneficiaries in Magama and Gurara Local Government areas for about 29 hectares of land acquired from the various communities for developmental purposes in the state.

The occasion which was supervised by the state Ministry of Land and Housing and presided over by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, QS Mohammed Danladi Musa, took place at different times in the two local government areas.

At the ceremony in Bonu village near Lambata in Gurara local government where about 125 beneficiaries given N23 million fornine hecters of land, the permanent secretary, Danladi Musa, said the payment was meant for farm inputs and economic trees on the lands acquired.

He advised the host community to be patient friendly and not to be hostile to the government as more incentives were bound to come their way, charging the people to be law abiding and respect the constituted authorities to enhanced development and as well as the need for peaceful coexistence.

Speaking at the event, the Assistant General Manager, Projects, Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN  Corporate headquarters, Engr Ganiyu Aliu, disclosed that the land acquired was for the establishment of 69 MVA 132/33 KVA Power Sub -Station by TCN.

He said that “the project when completed will generate about 96 Mega Watts of power to the area and it is going to relieve the power supply that is coming from Minna and Suleja, and it will definitely improve the power supply and boost the socio-economic development of the area”.

“The project will cost the company about N2 billion and the contractor will be mobilized to the site as soon as the procurement process was completed”, he added.

He assured the people of the community that the project will create a lot of employment opportunities as they will be involved in labour aspect of the work to be done.

The company was presented with the Certificate of Occupancy by the permanent secretary who equally supervised the issuance of cheques to the beneficiaries.

Similar event also took place recently at the administrative headquarters of Mainstream Energy Nigeria Limited, New Bussa, where the sum of N18 million was paid as part of compensation for the land acquired for the construction of an industrial park.

The compensation was paid for the twenty (20) hecters of land acquired for the resettlement purpose of the Tungan Gari, Gadan Zare, Yunawa and Tudun Wahla communities, all in Magama Local Government area.

They were to be affected by the establishment of Anfani Industrial Park by the State Government in collaboration with Hydropolis Investment Limited, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

It is an indigenous company which specializes in production of pipes and fittings for industrial and domestic use.

As part of its social corporate responsibilities, Hydropolis Investment Ltd has agreed to provide Boreholes, School, Mosque and Market Stalls, as well as access road and internal road network within the new settlement and the surrounding communities.

Both events were witnessed by government officials, representatives of the emirate councils, security personnel and members of the affected community.

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