Niger State Government

Niger State Government has paid another batch of N361.6m to about 704 people in four communities in Magama Local Government Area of the state, for the 814 hectares of land acquired to construct an industrial park by Hydropolis Investment Limited, in collaboration with the state government.

The communities which include Tungan Gari, Gadan Zare, Yunawa, and Tudun Wahlaall in Auna district of the local government were compensated for farm inputs and economic trees as well as buildings located in the affected land.

Presiding over the ceremony, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Land and Housing, Mohammed Danladi Musa explained that the compensation was to ensure equity and fair play on the part of government and to encourage peaceful coexistence between the communities and the company.

He said the exercise was not based on the size of the land but the contents of the land therefore, the possibility of somebody with 10 hectares of land getting more than the person with 30 hectares should not be ruled out.

The permanent secretary admonished the people to ensure that their correct names were properly written on the cheques to avoid it being rejected by banks.

Also speaking, the representative of Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora who is also the secretary of the Emirate council, Alhaji Haruna Saidu Namaska, commended the state government for sitting the company in the area, stressing that it will create job opportunities and alleviate poverty among the indigenous people.

In his brief remarks, a director of Hydropolis Investment, Siraj Abdullahi said they were determined to make the project a reality, with the support of the host communities and all the stakeholders.

He disclosed that as part of its Social Corporate responsibilities, Hydropolis Investment Ltd has agreed to provide boreholes, school, Mosque and Market stalls, as well as access road and internal road network within the new settlement and the surrounding communities.

It will be recalled that the four communities were earlier compensated and allocated new plots of land for resettlement.