Kwara Compensates 2,000 Land Owners, Farmers

Kwara Compensates 2,000 Land Owners, Farmers

Over 2,000 traditional farmers and land owners received compensation from Kwara Government for their land acquired for public use in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area, Kwara.

This was disclosed on Monday, as the Director-General of Bureau of Lands, Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab, when he presented cheques to the beneficiaries of 19 communities in the area.

Among these 19 beneficiary communities, Abdulwahab mentioned Puta, Efagi, Npagulu, Cheche, Dumagi, Landan and Estu-salam.

According to him, the land was first acquired by the Federal Military Government to establish new Lafiagi Sugar Company. Later, the company stopped working and was sold by the local Bureau of Public Enterprises to BUA International Limited, which is a subsidiary of BUA group. Abdulawahab added that the new owner, BUA International Limited could not access the new land, because the traditional land owners claimed they were not initially paid for the land.

The case, according to him, lingered for 7 years, and the government was only playing a mediatory role.

Abdulawahab added also that the land was 5,529 hectares and the compensation was paid by BUA and BPE via state government.

He said that the state government found it was wise to mediate this case due to potential benefits the company could bring to the state. Among which there would be job opportunities for local youth, social and economic activities in the local area and improved infrastructure facilities.

“It will bring about collaborative effort between the company and the state government.

According to him, the company will be ready to address any concerns of local people as soon as it starts its operation. All the local citizens and communities were urged to make thoughtful use of their payments and encouraged to participate in the life and development of local area and the whole state.

As some of the beneficiaries revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria, they were planning to stick to the reconciliation initiative of the government.

Government was praised for their mediatory role in this case.



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