The Attorney of the host communities of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, Chief Sam Anokam has said that his people need no more monetary compensation from the institution.
Anokam, who informed that FUTO land acquisition process started in early 80s disclosed that the process was not completed because the institution did not pay compensation to the host communities then.
According to him, environmental impact analysis was not undertaken to ascertain the social economic implications and future expansion of the host communities.
Anokam boasted that he has every fact about FUTO land acquisition which cannot be swept under the carpet in terms of discussing issues related to the landed property fracas.
He admitted that environmental impact analysis was once conducted on the land in 1992 during President Ibrahim Babangida’s regime, adding that no room was created since then to accommodate the increasingly population of the institution’s host communities.
Anokam insisted that the landed property is too much for the university, maintaining that peace and harmony could be actualized when the host communities are given back their land to enable them expand.
He further informed that Federal Government had set up a committee that waded into the matter which faulted FUTO but instead of FUTO doing the needful, it chose to deceive the Imo State Government.
He said; “Section 44 of the constitution stipulates that there must be compensation for land owners during acquisition process.
“Land Use Act section 10 also specifies that land owners should be compensated. The same Land Act states that the original land owners deemed to have Certificate of Occupancy. So, I can’t compromise my stand.
“Some land grabbers are conniving with FUTO management to deceive Imo State Government. There are several suits pending in court on the land matter.
“We are aware of one Orient Garden Estate’s current encroachment into our land. Although, I am not aware of a purported Committee set up by Imo State Government to look into the matter.
“If there is any committee set up by any authority, I must be involved. Otherwise, it is null and void. It is no longer the issue of monetary compensation, but very obvious earlier that the land acquisition was inimical to the host communities. You hardly chase indigenes out of their land. Our communities need space for expansion”.
“I blame FUTO Vice Chancellor who hurriedly thanked Governor Hope Uzodimma for helping them to recover their land. Honestly, justice must prevail at last”.