The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai, has spared some house owners who erected structures on lands belonging to the state government in the ongoing demolition of exercise.
The area is dominated by hotels, a cement distribution depot, computer and electronics distribution outlets, among others.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that a number of hotels and a line of storey buildings, earlier marked for demolition by government on the basis of being built on lands belonging to primary schools along Constitution Road, are now spared from bulldozers.
A homeowner, Nadabo Chanchangi, said the governor did not only reverse the demolition order but also distanced himself from the planned exercise especially on structures erected on school lands along constitution road.
“Yes, the governor has reversed the demolition of our building marked for demolition and has distanced himself from such plan.
“The planned demolition of buildings along Constitution Road which included two of my buildings, was said to be initiated by a top local government official and not the governor. So, we thank the governor for taking such measures,” Mr. Chanchangi added.
Meanwhile, Mr. El-Rufai has warned agencies against indiscriminate marking of houses for demolition, saying there will be “no blanket marking of buildings, neighborhoods and layouts”.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor, said local government councils have no role in the land recovery process beyond gathering and forwarding relevant information to the appropriate agencies.
He said that clear directives on the land recovery exercise have been issued, and that the government has reminded the agencies involved in the exercise to comply strictly with the instructions.
He assured the general public that there is nothing to fear from the ongoing land recovery efforts.
The statement explained that all cases of encroachment on lands belonging to public institutions such as schools and hospitals would be handled by government on a case-by-case basis.
“The Kaduna State Government has announced its determination to recover lands belonging to public institutions. This applies to lands that have been illegally excised, carved-out or alienated in a manner that contradicts the security, orderly environment and expansion prospects of the affected schools, hospitals and other public institutions.
“In restoring the integrity of these lands, the government has taken steps to ensure that the recovery exercise is conducted in a fair and orderly manner that upholds public interest and conduces to social harmony,” Mr. Aruwan said.
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