As part of its human capital development agenda, the Kaduna State Government approved the sum of over N378m compensation for Rimi college land allottees whose properties were recovered by the state government.
Those to enjoy the first phase include the former Aviation Minister under President Obansanjo Mr. Felix Hassan Hyat with the sum of N41m, Hon. Labari Shelly Tally House of Representatives member with N72m, Mr. Michael kephas Yakubu with N53m, Hon. Joshua Yakubu Barde with N40m, and Hon. Yunusa Garba Turawa with N28m.
Others include Hajiya Lubabatu Usman with N33m, Shehu UsmanTahir with N13m, Abdulsalam Mu’azu with over N40m, Alkali Bawa with N41m, Hon. David Umar Gurara with N6m.
Those with lowest amount and undeveloped are, former speaker of Assembly Hon. Hassan Jumare, Simon Gudu Madaki, Musa Ahmed Gambo, Mrs. Emelda D. Yashim with undeveloped land while Ahmed Alh. Abdullahi got N1.4, Celestine Mathew a token of N1.7, Abdulsalam Baba-Ahmed N1.1 and Hon. Ibrahim Suleiman who got less than N1m.
According to a press statement signed by Governor El Rufai’s spokesperson, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the state government is committed to expanding access to quality education and that was the reason for the recovery of the lands.
“Central to its education reform programme is the restoration of the iconic schools whose facilities have been encroached by public institutions and private concerns. The recovery of school lands is imperative to better position the schools to properly discharge their primary mandate.
“The recovery exercise is now being implemented in Rimi College, Kaduna. Founded in 1941 as Saint John’s College, the school occupies 24.387 hectares of prime land. Three governments eventually excised a total of 3.19 hectares, which they gave to private individuals. The school also lost its students’ hostels which were converted to offices for some state and federal agencies.
“The Government is determined to restore Rimi College as a boarding school of quality. Appropriate relocation notices have been sent to the state and federal agencies occupying the school premises. The private land owners have also been served notices of revocation. Those who have valid titles and development approvals are having their properties valued for the purposes of compensation.
“At its meeting of 16 November 2015, the Executive Council of the Kaduna State Government approved the payment of N378,357,752.00 as compensation for the first 19 properties whose valuation processes have been concluded. More compensation payments will be considered as other properties are valued. In addition, the titleholders will be given replacement plots of land.
“In the interest of transparency, the Government considers it prudent to publish the names of the individuals that were allocated plots of land within Rimi College by previous administrations. The Government is aware that some of the 38 beneficiaries of the allocations took no steps to develop their plots because they had reservations about building on school property. Government hopes that our elite would subscribe to a consensus that preserves and respects the integrity of social assets like schools and hospitals.
“These Allocation were made during the last military administrator of Kaduna state before the civilian government came into government in, in 1999 by the government of Colonel U. F. Ahmed allocated plots of land to nine people while that of the late Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa allocated to eighteen people and Mukhtar Ramalan Yero allocated to twelve people from the carved out”, the statement concluded.

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