Asa, Nigeria-American University faceoff: ABSG constitutes Peace committee

Abia State Government has constituted a committee to look into the claims made by the Asa community over the alleged acquisition of their land without adequate compensation by Nigeria-American University, a private institution.

Speaking when he received in audience a delegation made up of the Asa community and Nigeria-American University in his office in Umuahia, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Chaka Chukwumerije asserted that the administration of Governor Alex Otti is founded on peace, justice and progress and not on injustice.

“We are a fair minded government that want the development of Abia State. We will not twist the truth and facts and that is why we are constituting this committee made up of the Asa community, Nigeria-American University and the government to bring a lasting solution to the claims made about the land acquisition for the University, the Memorandum of understanding and compensation for the land”.

He exposed the steps taken by Gov. Otti to bring massive development in Ukwa land, particularly in Owaza and Obuaku city.

Speaking respectively, the Surveyor General of Abia State, Surveyor Kelechi Abaraonye and Mr. Augustine Ucheibe, State Director of Lands acknowledged that There was a waiver for the acquisition of their land for the University about 100 hectares from the State Government but later upgraded to 139.

Earlier in his speech, the spokesperson for Asa community, Barr. Ugwuenyi Ogbonna, decried that force was applied in the acquisition of their land without adequate compensation.

He requested the Commissioner to use his good office to ensure that everything is formalized, and of particular interest is to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University, which according to him is a private institution.

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