Stop demolitions, compensate victims now, group tells Kano governor
A Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Change Initiatives has called on the Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, to ensure that he pays adequate compensation to the victims of the demolition exercises he carried out in the state.
The coalition also said that the state government should, as a matter of urgency, set up a committee that will verify the landowners affected by the demolition with a view to returning the properties to them.
In a communique issued after a One Day Conference by the groups and victims of demolition and other stakeholders, they described the demolition exercise embarked upon by this administration as a move to ‘underscore’ the essence of good governance in the state.
The communique which was signed by the National Coordinator of the groups, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi Shagari said, “The recent demolition of properties in Kano metropolis has caused pain and untold hardship to many families.
“That is why we strongly condemn the exercise and call on the government; First it should stop further demolition of properties of innocent citizens with immediate effect. It should also compile a comprehensive list of victims of the demolition and commence the process of compensation. They should set up a committee to verify genuine landowners with the view to return the same property to them.” The communique said.
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