HURIWA commends Ugwuanyi for restoring NULGE’s land
A civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has commended Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his determination in ensuring that justice, equity and due process are followed in the discharge of his responsibilities.
The commendation followed the restoration of plot P/23CA on Independence Layout Enugu, which was allocated to the Enugu State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).
The plot of land, which was awarded in 2011, was revoked by the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Victor Nnam without the governor’s approval pursuant to the Land Use Act.
In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director; Zainab Yusuf, the group commended Ugwuanyi for his labour-friendly programmes and prompt intervention in the NULGE land matter, which would have degenerated into crisis.
HURIWA commended the new Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, during a visit of NULGE executive led by its National President, Ambali Hakeen Olatunji, to Government House, Enugu on November 18, 2021, to thank the governor.
Aroh disclosed that on the assumption of office, he was shocked to discover that the purported revocation of the NULGE land was done without the knowledge and approval of the governor pursuant to the Land Use Act, after a thorough investigation.
“A few weeks ago, the Department of State Service (DSS), knowing how much time, effort and resources you had invested to ensure a peaceful state, had alerted you on a crisis that was brewing in the state Ministry of Lands and Urban Development over the purported revocation of Plot P23CA Independence Layout, Enugu belonging to NULGE.
“As you were digesting the report from a partner in the DSS, members of the Enugu State House of Assembly further alerted you of the crisis and the injustice that was done, after their investigation,” HURIWA stated.
The group applauded the governor for immediately ordering a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances leading to the aberration in the process of governance.
It added that after the investigations, it was clearly established that Ugwuanyi was neither aware, nor his your permission and approval sought in line with the requirements of the Land Use Act before the revocation was effected.
HURIWA further appreciated Ugwuanyi for his courage in restoring the land to NULGE, stating that some public office holders would not take such drastic decisions because of pride and ego.