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KANO: No regrets over demolitions, more lands will be reclaimed – Gov Yusuf

GOVERNOR Abba Kabir Yusuf yesterday vowed to sustain the demolition of illegal structures.

The governor categorically declared that he had no regrets over the exercise he described as the recovery of “public properties that were illegally acquired and distributed to sacred cows by the former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led administration.”

Series of protests, public outcry, including legal actions have continued to trail the demolition exercise, especially those who claimed they followed due process and acquired relevant documents before the procurement of their properties.

Although there is a subsisting court order to stay action on further demolitions, Yusuf insisted that more properties would be reclaimed.

The governor reiterated his resolve to continue the exercise while receiving the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, alongside the traditional district heads and other members of the emirate council who paid him Sallah homage at the Government House.

He spoke specifically about the structures sited around the Eid Ground, adding that his government was prepared to reclaim more public properties allegedly ‘cannibalised’ and allocated to proxies and family members of the immediate past administration.

He said: “Your Highness, it is important for the emirate council to note that we embarked on the demolition exercise to bring back public properties that were illegally acquired and we will ensure that all such properties are restored back for the interest of the good people of Kano.”

He took time to enumerate few successes recorded within his 31 days in office, which include payment of N1.5 billion for registration of National Examination Council (NECO) examination for 55,000 secondary schools students; restoration of streets light and minimising cases of phone snatching in Kano metropolis.

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