Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai yesterday clarified that his mission was only to recover government lands from those who acquired them illegally and not mass demolition as being speculated in the state.
It would be recalled that the governor had at the weekend threatened to embark on demolition of illegal structures erected on public lands by Wednesday (today).
The governor, who spoke through his special assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan while addressing journalists at the Government House yesterday, said that his government was not all about demolition, and as such, people of Kaduna State should not entertain fear that he was out to demolish their houses.
Governor El-Rufai said the exercise his government was for recovery of school and hospital lands from illegal occupants.
According to him, “Since after the town hall meeting in Zaria on Sunday, some people have started campaign of calumny that El-Rufai has come with his demolition ideology, but to set the record straight, we are only asking those who illegally occupied government owned institutions’ lands to vacate the lands.
“This government cannot allow the encroachment of schools and hospitals lands to continue. For instance, when we visited the state library in Zaria and Alhudahuda College, private buildings have almost taken over the institutions. This has serious effect on the learning atmosphere of such institutions.
“Alhudahuda College, for instance, is over a decade in existence, but if we allow the type of encroachment going on there to continue, the school might go into extinction in the next 30 years. We have given them notice and it will expire Wednesday (today) 5 August. We will only recover the lands for the future of our children. The public lands belong to the good people of Kaduna state and we must recover it before it is too late,” he said.
The governor, however, told the public to ignore the people whipping sentiment that El-Rufai’s government was out to demolish their houses, but stated that the recovery of land exercise would commence today (Wednesday) after the expiration of quit notice given to the occupants.

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