Gombe approves N2.4 Billion compensation for Bauchi motor park business owners

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya

…Approves commencement of academic activities at GSU’s Dukku campus

The Gombe State Executive Council has sanctioned a compensation package worth N2,421,155,220 for business owners situated adjacent to the Bauchi motor park.

The development, detailed in a statement released on Friday, aims to facilitate the construction of key state institutions, including an ultra-modern State Secretariat, House of Assembly, and High Court complexes.

The announcement came from the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Zubair Muhammad Umar, following the 40th State Executive Council Meeting chaired by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Speaking at the meeting, the Attorney-General emphasized that the administration has approved the properties’ open market value, surpassing the initial sale value.

“In the magnanimity of the present administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya, the State Executive Council approved the open market value of the properties, which stands at over 2.4 billion naira against the initial sale value of a little above 1.6 billion naira,” Umar stated.

“This decision reflects the present administration’s commitment to fairness and economic realities, ensuring that the affected property owners can secure new, business-friendly locations.”

The properties being acquired include Ahajas Nigeria Limited, Maizare Trailer Park, Total Energy Filling Station, YBK Motors, Adamu Ustaz, and various temporary structures.

In a related development, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Cooperatives, Dr. Barnabas Malle, announced the distribution of 2,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer, donated by the Federal Government, to eligible farmers at no cost.

According to him, the fertilizers will be distributed through cooperative societies to ensure they reach grassroots farmers. He added that another 2,000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilizers, procured by the state, will be sold at a 50% discount rate of N22,000.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Mohammed Shettima Gadam, revealed that the council has approved the commencement of academic activities at the Gombe State University, Dukku campus.

He stated that the new campus, which hosts the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, will offer programs in Quantity Surveying, Architecture, Estate Management, and Building.

To support the start of academic activities, the council also approved N534,424,144.21 for the procurement of essential equipment for the Dukku campus.

In addition, the state government revealed it was set to recruit 52 academic and non-academic staff for the campus, with a monthly remuneration of N16,905,946 also approved.

The Commissioner further asserted that the proposed recruitment aligns with the requirements set by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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