Kwara com­pen­sates 2,000 land own­ers, farm­ers

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The Kwara State govern­ment has paid com­pen­sa­tion to more than 2,000 tra­di­tional land own­ers and farm­ers whose property were ac­quired for pub­lic use in Lafi­agi, Edu Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

The state Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Bureau of Lands, Al­haji Yusuf Ab­dul­wa­hab, dis­closed this in Ilorin yes­ter­day while pre­sent­ing cheques to ben­e­fi­cia­ries in 19 com­mu­ni­ties in the area.

He said the land was ac­quired by the mil­i­tary govern­ment for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Lafi­agi Su­gar Com­pany.

He said the com­pany later be­came mori­bund and was sold by the Bureau of Pub­lic En­ter­prises (BPE) to BUA In­ter­na­tional Limited, a sub­sidiary of BUA Group.

Ab­dul­wa­hab said BUA could not ac­cess the property due to ag­i­ta­tion by tra­di­tional land own­ers who in­sisted on be­ing com­pen­sated be­cause the land was not orig­i­nally paid for.

He added that the land ac­quired was 5,529 hectares, adding that com­pen­sa­tion was be­ing paid by BUA and BPE through the state govern­ment.

Ab­dul­wa­hab said the state govern­ment thought it wise to me­di­ate be­cause of the com­pany’s po­ten­tial ben­e­fits to the state.

He said the ex­pected ben­e­fits in­clude em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for youths and en­hanced so­cial and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

``It will bring col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort

about be­tween the com­pany and the state govern­ment. So, by and large, it will open up more eco­nomic prospects for the people of Kwara State,’’ he said.

Ab­dul­wa­hab as­sured that all the con­cerns of the people would be ad­dressed when the com­pany be­gins oper­a­tion.

He urged the com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als to make ju­di­cious use of their pay­ments and co­op­er­ate with the com­pany in the in­ter­est of the de­vel­op­ment of the area and the state.( NAN)

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