The Committee set up by the State Governor, Sen. Benedict Ayade for the acquisition of 9000 hectares of land across the State has met with the people of Okpoma/Okuku in Yala LGA to intimate them of the purpose for which these lands were on request and CrossRiverDaily learnt the meeting “was successful” as the indigenes obliged the Committee of their full coorporation.
The said meeting which held on Thursday, August 15th in Yala gave both the Committee, a team from the State’s Ministry of Lands and another team from the World Bank sponsored Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project the opportunity to the enlighten the indigenes of the essence of the project as well as the benefits that abound when the project must have commenced.
It will be recalled that there were heavy tensions at various quarters when the State Governor newly constituted the said committee with a mandate to oversee the acquisition of 9000 hectares of lands [at least 3000 hectares each from the three Senatorial Districts].
With many registering fears that the purpose for attempting to acquire such quantity of land was for the RUGA (now suspended) project of the Federal Government, the State House of Assembly summoned the Committee for an interface. The outcome of the said interface saw the Assembly advising the Committee to do a tour all round the communities where they have identified these acquirable lands.
It is against this backdrop that the Committee set out for Okpoma/Okuku in Yala LGA to notify them of the State Government’s intentions to acquire some portions of their lands vis-a-vis the purpose for the acquisition.
According to our reporter, “the people were happy at receiving this clarification and further promised to wholly support the project as it is meant to improve their productivity and livelihood as a people”.
With Okpoma/Okuku already settled, CrossRiverDaily understands that the next stop is Ogoja LGA as the Committee also identified some portions of lands in the area for acquisition.
In a similar development, our reporter said the Committee handed the indigenes a cash sum of ten million naira (N10 million) as compensate for some portions of land acquired by Government a long time ago.