25 May 2010

Nigeria: Compensation Assessment Begins in Nasarawa

Lafia — The Nasarawa State government has commenced the acquisition of land at Auta Balefi in Karu Local Government Area, adjoining Abuja, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the purpose developing the proposed 11,450 which agreement was recently signed in Lafia.

Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma, the management and board of the Federal Housing Estate (FHA) as well as the UK based private partner in the federal government planned 11,450, Sharp Little City Limited, had earlier signed a tripartite agreement to regulate the partners in the execution of the project called "Little City". The project which will be executed at the estimated cost of N453 billion, entails the private firm developing the structure, the state government providing the land, security and other inputs while the FHA monitors the implementation.

"Already Notice of intention to acquire have been posted via last known addresses of those who have formal applications for statutory grants with the state in addition to the publication", a statement from the Permanent Secretary Mahmud Zubairu has said.

The statement said, "Nasarawa State Government wishes to use this medium to also clear the air that compensation to the dispossessed landowners is yet to be determined as insinuated in certain quarters. Adequate compensation to each and every proven holder/occupier will be promptly paid prior to any major physical activity/presence on the site by Government."

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