Borno Earmarks N1 Billion Compensations For Roads, Bridge Projects

The Borno State Government has earmarked N1 billion for the payments of compensations for the construction of seven roads projects in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere council.

The compensations are for the pulled down houses and other structures; that could obstruct the constructions of dual carriage roads and bridges.

Announcing the approved compensations, at the weekend (Saturday), in Maiduguri, the Executive Secretary of Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS), Engr. Adam Bababe disclosed: “A panel has been set up to value all the affected property, including economic trees before payments are made by the Ministry of Works.”

He said that the automation and sanitization of public on land administration have led to an increased internally generated revenue (IGR) of N1.42 billion in 2021.

Bababe noted that the defunct Ministry of Land and Survey, before the agency was established could only generate N14.6 million in 2017.

“The increased revenue drives in the 2021 fiscal year, are attributed to increased payments of ground rents and automation of land administration,” he said; as well as the blockage of all leakages in the system.

In overcoming housing deficits, he said that the agency has allocated many hectres of land to four private estate developers.

“There will be no new layouts this year; as the existing ones in the metropolis and Jere council, are yet to be developed,” he lamented.

He said that instead, the four private developers have been directed to construct 500 housing units each for residents to buy or rent them at competitive rates. 

“We are committed to improve land administration in urban and rural centres of the state,” he pledged.

He added that the land administration measures are to prevent all forms of “land title racketeering among some of the ward heads and vendors.”

By Mohammed Farouk

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