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Land speculators threaten Mambila Power project


The Federal Government’s dream of commencing work at the multi-million dollar Mambila Hydro Power Project sited in Sardauna Council of Taraba State is under threat, as the rich scramble for lands from the rightful owners, in a bid to receive huge compensation from the Federal Ministry of Power.

As at press time, scramble over land ownership on the Mambila plateau, as observed by The Guardian, was on the increase, a situation which may threaten the take-off of the 3,050 megawatts power project

The Guardian findings show that some wealthy individuals tread all paths to acquire parcels of land, especially in areas across the River Donga.

Our correspondent further noticed that some prominent personalities from the state had gone several miles to secure Certificates of Occupancy through the back door for large portions of land, without the consent of land-owners in the areas where the project is supposed to be sited.

A source that spoke under anonymity said the natives who were both farmers and herders residing in Barup, Tep, Mbamnga, Kwarakwara, Yambam, Hainare, Warwar, Vakkude, among others had vowed not to relinquish their land without due compensation.

A farmer, who gave his name as Albert said several people had been trooping to the aforementioned villages to purchase land.

The Chairman of Sardauna Council, Oliver Wubon, has urged land-owners in the area to desist from selling their lands.

According to him, the Federal Ministry of Power will follow due process in the demarcation, assessment, and compensation of lands that would be affected.

Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Power, Aaron Atimas, who confirmed that the money meant for the compensation had been released by the Federal Government to the state’s Ministry of Power, said all relevant paths would tread to ensure that the right people were compensated.

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