- The federal government has given warning to state governments over allocation of land for federal projects
- The federal government says it may be forced to re-allocate project elsewhere if any state government creates unnecessary impediments in the allocation of land
- The warning was contained in a statement by the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, Garba Shehu
The federal government has said it may be forced to re-allocate project elsewhere if any state government or community creates unnecessary impediments in the allocation of land or access such lands for federal projects.
The senior special assistant on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said the warning was given by the president.
Legit.ng gathers that in a statement issued by Shehu in Abuja on Saturday, Ocotober 19, Buhari said denying federal government lands for projects creates unnecessary obstacles for the execution of these projects.
The statement read: “The idea of chasing away contractors on-site or making undue demands from them by local communities or the deliberate actions of state governments to frustrate the allocation of lands for federal projects is an antithesis of the people’s welfare.
"To compound matters, contractors kept away from the site often make further demands on payment whenever they return to the site.
"By denying federal government lands for projects and creating unnecessary obstacles for the execution of these projects, it may be unfair to turn around and accuse the same federal government of marginalising people in terms of projects allocation."
The president said when it comes to the welfare of the people, governments at all levels should be united by the common goal of improving their wellbeing, regardless of political affiliation.
President Buhari added: "It is, therefore, impossible to spread federal government projects when petty demands or politics is allowed to override the higher interest of the people.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Friday, October 18, said it was in partnership with the Russian government to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company.
The disclosure was made by the minister of mines and solid minerals development, Olamilekan Adegbite, at an interactive session with Senate committee on solid minerals, mines, steel development and metallurgy.
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