Following the apparent impasse with Dangote Cement, the Kogi State House of Assembly has stepped in once more, this time investigating a 50,000 hectare land acquisition in the state by another cement company, BUA Cement.
This comes after lawmakers summoned the BUA Cement company on Monday for allegedly failing to pay a dime for land it purchased ten years ago.
The lawmakers issued the summons during a public hearing of one of its ad hoc committees held at a hotel in Lokoja following the destruction of its complex by fire last Monday.
The deputy speaker of the House, Alfa Momoh-Rabiu, who read the summons after listening to the acting surveyor-general of the state, Salihu Mustapha, expressed shock at the attitude of BUA Group.
“We are having problem with the Bua Group over 50,000 hectares of land it acquired in 2012 and even obtained a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) but has not paid a kobo for the land.
“We have written to the group several times but it has not responded to any of the letters.
“No compensation has been paid to the communities that own the expanse of land,” the acting surveyor-general said at the public hearing.
Umar Tenimu, the ad-hoc committee’s chairman, said that it was an offence for Bua Group to hold the land for more than 10 years without paying for it.
The group should be summoned to come and explain why it refused to pay for the land and why it refused to compensate the community involved, he said.
He added that if BUA Group refused to pay for the land and compensate the community, government shall revoke the C of O.
When contacted, Sunday Ogieva, a BUA Group Corporate Commutations official, said he could not comment on the issue.