Gbagyi villa: Kad­poly stu­dents in­sist on land re­cov­ery

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Ra’afat Mac­cido, Kaduna

Stu­dents of Kaduna Polytech­nic have thrown their weight be­hind Gover­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai on his de­ci­sion to re­cover the Polytech­nic land at Gbagyi villa lo­cated be­hind the in­sti­tu­tion’s By­pass Cam­pus in Chikun Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

The stu­dents in­sisted that the state govern­ment should com­mence thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion on those that mas­ter­minded the shar­ing of the land and bring them to jus­tice be­cause en­croach­ment into the polytech­nic land would make fur­ther ex­pan­sion in fu­ture dif­fi­cult.

Of the huge polytech­nic’s four cam­puses, the By­pass Cam­pus is the only one that still has land for any fur­ther struc­tural ex­pan­sion.

Gover­nor El-Ru­fai had at the in­cep­tion of his ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to re­claim all pub­lic lands, in­clud­ing lands be­long­ing to schools, hos­pi­tals and other govern­ment agen­cies. The par­cel of land on which Gbagyi villa is sit­u­ated has been a source of dis­pute be­tween the Gbagyi peo­ple and the polytech­nic as res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity claim that an­ces­tral own­ers were not duly paid to en­able the trans­fer of own­er­ship from Gbagyi peo­ple to the polytech­nic.

The Gover­nor, dur­ing his visit to the com­mu­nity last week, in­sisted on de­mol­ish­ing the build­ings.

The stu­dents, stag­ing a rally in sup­port of El-Ru­fai’s de­ci­sion, chanted sol­i­dar­ity songs, rais­ing plac­ards with in­scrip­tions: ‘Leave our land alone,’ ‘We say NO to land en­croach­ment,’ ‘Thank you El-Ru­fai,’ among oth­ers.

Speak­ing on be­half of the stu­dents, the Pres­i­dent of the polytech­nic’s Stu­dent Union Govern­ment (SUG), Com­rade Us­man Ka­reem, warned those ‘in­tro­duc­ing eth­nic­ity and re­li­gious sen­ti­ment into the mat­ter,’ to de­sist, say­ing the state gover­nor started school land re­cov­ery from his home town, Zaria, where houses built on Al­huda Huda Col­lege premises were de­mol­ished.

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