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Transparency key to peaceful land acquisition – World Bank

The Project Manager of World Bank Funded Projects Mr. Abubakar Gwadabe has said transparency is the best way to peaceful acquisition of lands for development and avoiding problems in land issues.

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Abubakar made this known in Abuja during the Stakeholders’ Discussion Panel on Issues, Concerns and Rights on Land Acquisition for Development organized by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with the support of the World Bank Assisted Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project.

He said the best way to combat land acquisition challenges was if transparency and sincerity were applied not withstanding the people involved in the issue.

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According to him, there should be transparent laws that guide land acquisition at all times and when everyone abides by these laws there will not be any problem.

He said, “There are laws guiding land acquisition and land compensation, If it is stated by the law and transparently abided by all, it can go a long way in solving this problem,” he said.

Dr Kitan Oluwagbuyi, Social Safeguard Consultant for the World Bank on TCN said the main objective of the workshop was to address problems related to land acquisition for development by donor agencies.


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