Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 December 2012

Nigeria: Imo Govt to Relocate Hausa Community

Owerri — Commissioner for Lands Survey and Urban Planning, Mr. Uche Nwosu, who spoke with newsmen yesterday in Owerri, said discussions with the Hausa community living in the state have commenced with a view to making alternative arrangements for them.

Nwosu said already government has asked the owner of the land to start developing it so that the people will move out.

He assured that the government will not do anything that would create problems for the Hausas, adding that the plan is to get them a permanent place where they can carry out their daily businesses comfortably.

The commissioner said the decision is part of plans to review the master plan of the state, which he said has been distorted.

He added that government is working towards moving most on its offices outside the city as a way of decongesting the city and tackling traffic jams.

"The measure would help to develop those layouts that have remained undeveloped for years.

There are plans also to provide necessary social amenities in those layouts", he said.

The commissioner further stated that the state government has approved release of money for the payment of compensation in respect of Imo/European University site at Ideator.

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