By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has constituted a nine-man committee for the payment of compensation of all lands acquired by the past administration for development purposes.
A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli said that state Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Gambo Magaji is to serve as chairman.
Members include Attorney General and Commissioner of justice, Barr. Zubair Muhammad Umar, Commissioners of Lands and Survey and Works and Transport, Danladi Adamu and Engineer Abubakar Bappah respectively.
Others are Commissioner of Police, Gombe state command, Director, State Security Service, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Senior District Head of Gombe while the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands is to serve as secretary.
The committee is to among other duties verify all cases of compensations in the state with a view to commencing immediate payment.
The Governor has already approved the sum of two hundred and forty six million naira for the payment of GDP34, a 206 hectare area acquired by government in 2015 from 192 individuals.
Governor Yahaya has graciously revalidated the approval of the past government and released the money to reduce the suffering of those whose lands were acquired but not compensated by the last administration.
The committee has already held its inaugural meeting at the conference hall of the Ministry of Finance while payment will commence as soon as the 192 individuals have been authenticated.