Nasarawa State will pay compensation to Kafin Moyi Community for their land acquired by the state government to ensure unhindered take-off activities at the Dangote sugarcane plantation and sugar refinery in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area.
Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, said, “This was arrived at during a meeting held between Gov. Almakura and stakeholders from Dangote Group, Awe communities and state government officials.
“It would be recalled that the sugarcane plantation and refinery project of Dangote Sugar Refinery was cited in Awe and it facilitated the acquisition of land in Tunga, Awe, Azara, Wuse and Akiri communities for the successful implementation of the project.”
He said following claims and counter claims of ownership of land by the communities affected by the project, the governor convened a meeting of stakeholders of the affected communities and the Dangote Sugar Company, where it was agreed that the state Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning should carry out detailed survey exercise (demarcation and beaconing) of the entire land earmarked for the refinery.
Pursuant to the recommendations of the ministry the government would take over possession of all the disputed lands within Kafin–Moyi, Dunya, Baure, Kadai and Azara communities.
Abdullahi said; “The state government has taken overall the disputed lands in the affected communities and donated same to the Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. for its Nasarawa Sugar Project in Awe Local Government Area.”
He added that, “Governor Almakura has approved that the affected community of Kafin Moyi be paid their compensation, while they are enjoined to provide unfettered access to Dangote Group to the said land without any let or hindrance so that the project can continue uninterrupted.”