Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has acquired a vast expanse of land cutting across several communities, to pave way for the proposed installation of a mega gas pipeline by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In a statement by Abba Anwar, the governor’s chief press secretary, Ganduje said he has “issued a notice of land acquisition in line with the Land Use Act No. 6 of 1978 LFN CAP 202, to allow for land for the execution of the gigantic project.”
The governor said the land acquired was for the establishment of Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline Project starting from Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AAKK) section.
DAILY FOCUS learnt that the communities affected by the gas pipeline project in Kano state include Tarau-Gwarzo road, Crossing of Chiromawa River, Chiromawa Garun Malam road, Crossing Tamburawa River and other areas that include Crossing of 33KVA High Tension (TNGS0451R).
“In appreciation of the federal government’s effort in the establishment of Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline Project starting from Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AAKK) section, the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has issued a notice of land acquisition in line with the Land Use Act No. 6 of 1978 LFN CAP 202, to allow for land for the execution of the gigantic project.
“He issued the notice on the 21st of April, 2018, in which he referred that ‘Pursuant to the power conferred on me by Section 28 (1) of the Land Use Act of 1978 (LFN CAP 202), I the Governor of Kano State hereby revoke all existing Statutory or Customary Right of Occupancy on the said parcel of land, more particular described in the schedule hitherto with effect from the date of this notice’,” the statement said, quoting the governor’s notice.
Ganduje also assured residents in the affected communities of prompt compensation, warning however that any person who presented false land claims would be prosecuted.
“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is wiling to pay compensation in respect to crops, building structures and unexhausted improvement on the land in accordance with Section 29 of the Land Use Act 1978.
“Any person who makes any false claim in respect of the parcel of land to the State Governor shall be guilty of an offence under provisions of the Act above mentioned and liable on conviction to imprisonment for one year or to a fine of N5,000, (Five Thousand Naira) only,” the governor warned.
Similarly, Ganduje said members of the affected communities should not make any attempts to obstruct the government from executing its developmental project.
“Any person who shall willingly hinder or obstruct the government or any person employed by the Government from continuing with possession of the said parcel of land or any part thereof is liable under provision of the Act above mentioned, on conviction to a fine of N5,000 (five thousand Naira) only or to imprisonment for three months,” he cautioned.
Explaining the economic benefits of the project to Kano state, the governor said it would help in reviving the state’s “failing industries”.
“Such opportunity according to investigation would apart, from making gas more available in the state, it would also create more employment opportunities for Kano people. It would at the same time boost modern industrial development and expansion in the state,” he said.
Ganduje added that his administration has been “liaising very well with the NNPC for an effective and immediate take-off, in a hasten manner, for the people to benefit immensely so as to provide more employment opportunities for the people and for a proliferation of other businesses surrounding an industrial development”.
Source: Daily Focus