Sunday, 1 May 2016



Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has approved the revocation of all allocations of parcels of land around the neighbourhood of the famous Zuma Rock in Tafa
Local Government Area of Niger State.

Gov. Bello
The approval for the revocation was contained in a memo to Mr Governor dated March 14, 2016 and signed by the State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Haliru Zakari Jikantoro.

The Commissioner explained that Mr Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, gave the approval in exercising the powers conferred on him in consonance with the provisions of section 28, sub-section 2 (b) of the land use Act of 1978 .

Alhaji Haliru Zakari Jikantoro added that “the Governor’s action was based on the strategic location of the area, the need to preserve the natural endowment for collective benefits and above all in the overriding public interest”.

The Commissioner listed seven beneficiaries with a total of 248 hectares of land which are affected and gave the names and the various sizes of land revoked as follows: S/ No Allottees File Nos Size of Land in hectares 1 Aso Savings and Loans Plc NG/ SL/933 54.780H 2 Aso Savings and Loans Plc NG/ SL/909 95.220H 3 Minna Economic Regeneration Services NG/ SL/908 50H 4 Shelter Plus Nigeria Limited NG/ SL/978 35H 5 Grand Towers Plc 10H 6 U.A.I.A. Nigeria Limited NG/ SL/982 7 Umaru Bature NG/ SL/993 3H Total 241 Hectares.

Alhaji Haliru Zakari Jikantoro directed all affected beneficiaries to return the grant or
Certificates of Occupancy in their possession and settle amount outstanding within three months from the date of the revocation.

He however, stated that beneficiaries with proof of un-exhausted improvement on their revoked plots may be entitled to compensation or alternative allocation of plot where appropriate.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Mr Jonathan Tsado
Vatsa, has warned those engaged in commercial activities such as the local crushers and quarrying of granite behind the famous Zuma Rock to stop forthwith or face the wrath
of the law pointing out that such parcels of land belong to his Ministry.

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