Owners of plots where the Kaduna Petroleum College is billed for yesterday said they are not responsible for the delay in the takeoff of the college, but are only appealing to government to compensate them.
The spokesperson of owners of plots that were used as the site of the petroleum college, Malam Hussaini Uthman Kankiya, said government and the PTDF are yet to pay them compensation for their lands.
“During the foundation laying ceremony of the college, they promised to compensate us for our lands since we legally acquired them with certificate of occupancy from the state government, but for all these years, they have not paid us our rights and they have taken over our lands.
“We are happy over the sighting of the college in Kaduna, because it would result to positive things, but some of us used all their savings to acquire those lands in preparation for retirement.
“Therefore, it is not fair for government to take over the lands without paying us compensation as promised. It is also not true that some people are encroaching into the college, but the truth is that they have refused to settle us. We are calling on all concerned to please compensate us, as some of us are in difficult conditions,” Kankiya said.
- Daily Trust