No plan to revoke Kano Club land title- Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje led Kano state government has debunked a story as mere misrepresentation of facts to settle political scores that it has revoked the title of Kano Club in the metropolis.
The state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba stated that in the content of the letter sent to owners of the club, there was no mention of revocation but expiration of the term of title of the land in question since April 6, 2019.
He said as statutory agency saddled with the responsibility of land management and informed by the reform in land administration in the state, the state Bureau for Land Management ensures payment of ground rent by property owners as well as renewal of land titles.
Malam Garba added that the oldest Golf Course’s term of title issued on April 6, 1979, has expired and the bureau has communicated to the club about the expiration of its title and need for urgent settlement of the ground rent, only for an online publication, own by an element of the opposition in the state to twist the story in his favor.
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Although at a news conference by an executive member of the Kano Golf Club, Ahmed Tanko said the state government was economical with the truth.
According to him, ‘’on the 13th day of March 2023 we received a letter from the Kano State Bureau for Land Management allegedly notifying the club that the title of its land with Certificate of Occupancy No. LKN/COM/RC/82/268 has expired with effect from 6th April 2019 having been issued on 6th April 1979 for a term of Forty years. The Bureau equally attached a purported demand notice for the payment of Land Use Charge from 1999 to date totaling to the sum of N263,719,839.78 for the land in question housing the Kano Golf Course.
”We wish to bring to the attention of the public and the Executive Governor of Kano State that this position is not correct because the land belonging to Kano Club with Certificate of Occupancy No. LKN/COM/RC/82/268 was granted 6th April 1979 for a period of 99 (Ninety-Nine) years and as such the title has not expired. The evidence of this can be seen on the face of the Certificate of Occupancy.”
Furthermore, Muhammed Garba said the story which emanated from the owner of an online newspaper, a staunch member of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) would stop at nothing to discredit the ruling party in the state.
While further debunking the story, the commissioner said the status of the club remains, and called on the public to be wary of agents of destabilization bent on creating confusion in the state and therefore called for total rejection of the fabricated story.
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