Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday made u-turn on his decision not to compensate owners of plots of land in the government’s land recovery exercise, saying only those with genuine certificates of occupation and approved papers will get compensation.
The Governor stated this while addressing a group comprising of Kaduna State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, market associations and students who stormed the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House to show solidarity and support to the administration and policies particularly on the demolition exercise.
According to El-Rufai who spoke in Hausa, “Those who built their houses close to students’ classrooms or hospitals no matter how much it will cost us, we will compensate them to get back our lands,” he said.
The governor had earlier vowed not to compensate land owners on unauthorized places.
The Governor also opened up on why he began the demolition exercise and government land recovery from Alhudada College, saying most of the land owners do not have certificates of occupancy.
“We are only recovering public schools, hospitals land for the benefit of our children and grand children in the state.
“Our public schools and hospitals were built to benefit the less privileged; therefore, we will not allow some selfish individuals to take over these lands.
“Why we commenced demolition exercise from Alhudahuda College was because majority of those who built houses within the college premises did not have papers and so their houses were demolished,” El-Rufai said.
Meanwhile, the group comprising mostly of youths were seen wearing T-shirts carrying inscription “A Rusa A Gyara,” meaning “Demolish and Develop” just as some of the placards on their hands read: “Kaduna State Market Association support public land reclaim”. “A Rusa A Gyara Sai Malam”.

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