IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that his administration has paid N2.11B to land owners as compensation for lands acquired for development purposes since inception.
The governor who made the disclosure while presenting his 2019 budget of N276b tagged ‘budget of consolidation’ and economic stability at the Imo State House of Assembly last Thursday, said that such lands were acquired at Irete, Avu, Orji, Arugo included both traditional rites and other royalities.
Speaking further, the state chief executive said that N233.4million has also been set aside for further land compensation for other areas lands were acquired by the government, he said that arrangement has been completed for industrial park at Ngor Okpala, he assured that all these projects must be completed within said time.
The governor further said that within the period under review, his administration has equally acquired over 215 hectares of land at Ngor Okpala for the establishment of airforce base, also 50 hectares at Uborji Okuku in Owerri West for establishment of mega city and also acquired 700 hectares at Avu, Nekede, Obinze and Ihiagwa for Imo Centenary City.
The governor further hinted that government acquired land where it is currently relocating the police headquarters and all mechanics in the city of Owerri.
According to the helmsman, all the efforts were geared towards assisting the government implement the rescue mission’s urban and regional development policy as to achieve total restoration of the Owerri master plan as to reposition the city for industrialization.
Fielding questions shortly after, the governor said that cardinal policy of his administration is to protect lives and properties of the citizens, so that the people can go about their business without fear of any kind. He said that his government had never taken security for granted, hence both financial and moral support to the law enforcement agencies in the state.
He said that efforts of paramilitary formations has assisted the policy in no small measure in reducing criminalities in the state. According to Governor Okorocha, government will therefore continue to put in place policies that will further strengthen the security situation in the state for efficient and effective government.