Protest over Millennium City land , Politically Motivated – KADGIS
The Director General, Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), Malam Ibrahim Husaini, has assured illegal land owners in Millennium City that government is considering to allocate alternative land to them, even as it warned that they should not allow themselves to be used for political motives.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna while reacting to Monday’s protests by land owners over revocation of their land at the Millennium City, Husaini, said many of the land owners acquired the lands illegally as government has gazzeted that nobody should buy or sell land in the area since 1994.
According to KADGIS boss, the state government has not forcefully taken over any land as, Governor Nasir el-Rufai will meet with the affected people next week Wednesday to listen to their cries and react to all issues relating to the lands.
He said the land owners with or without title will be compensated with another piece of land within Millennium City or elsewhere.
Husaini said:” The protest by some land owners in Millennium City around Danhonu II, Danbushiya, Kadaore, Gidan Daji villages over land taken over by government and allocated for mass housing to people without compensating them is uncalled for. They claimed that government forcefully collected their lands and were developing without compensation.
“Government is not contesting that they have the land but government would not take it over without paying compensation. Government may not pay direct compensation but will replace the land either within Millennium City or somewhere else.”
“In 1994, government discovered that Kaduna metropolis was congested and identified eastern sector as planning area, 12,000 hectares of land from Rigachikun to Kakau, with directive that nobody should develop any piece of land in the area. The gazette override any land title in the area but the traditional owners of the land are allowed to continue farming their land.
“We had engagement with the people, we have assessed over 400 hectares of land, we identified them, we have list of the people, we are compiling the comprehensive list to submit to the Governor for approval.
“The Governor has agreed to address the people on Wednesday April 12, we have letter of invitation through local government chairman, Saa Gbagyi and district heads in the area to come and interact with the Governor over the land to resolve any grievances.”
Husaini,while wondering why the protest took place few days to the second Kaduna Investment Forum, said there is political motive, just as he warned that government will not accept any attempt from any quarters to sabotage its efforts to make Kaduna great again.
“From what has happened there is political motive, for over one year, the mass housing estate is being built up, finished and painted without any form of protest, why is it now that they are protesting when more than 50 houses are being completed” he said.