From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has assured southerners resident in the northern parts of the country of their safety of lives and property.
Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who stated this in Minna yesterday, explained that all Nigerians are free to do their legitimate business in any part of the north so long as they operate within the law.
“Nobody has asked southerners in the north to leave; we accommodate everybody”, he further stated.
Speaking against the backdrop of insurgency in the North at the inauguration of new Certificate of Occupancy for the governor, Aliyu assured that governors in the region are more than ready to protect the lives and property of everyone resident in the region and will not do anything that will scare away people from the North.
According to governor Aliyu, his administration and those of others in the region will not discriminate against anyone on account of their tribe or religion, insisting that ‘we will give equal treatment to everyone’.
Aliyu said that Niger state government has been giving Certificate of Occupancy to churches and mosques, while non-indigenes that applied were also issued with the document without any strings attached to their requests.
He noted that the government intends to issue more than 50,000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) in the next 5 years, adding that in the first instance, 5,000 of such documents will be available before the end of this year.
Governor Aliyu, however, warned that those issued with the land title but refused to develop them within a specified period stands the risk of losing them to others who are interested in the development of the state.
Top traditional rulers in the state commissioners and members of the public attended the ceremony held at the emir of Minna’s palace.