The Niger State Government, North central Nigeria has said that it will commence the development of the new community fifteen years after work stopped on the Muregi resettlement sit. The Muregi resettlement site was established by the administration of the late Governor Abdulkhadir Kure when the first flood sacked the villagers from their ancestral home. As a result, both the federal and Niger State governments pulled resources together for the construction of the New Muregi, but after over N100 million was reportedly spent, only the district head’s palace, a mosque, and about two other buildings were constructed before work stopped.
However, as a result of the recent flood which also affected the community, the state government has begun moves to develop the new Muregi with the main objective of moving the villagers in before next year’s rainy season. The Commissioner for Lands, Alhaji Isah Kanko, said in Minna on Friday that the first stage of the resettlement program would be for 13 communities.
Kanko, “The intention of the government is to get the place ready before the next rains so that the villagers can move from the floodplains. After New Muregi, we will move to Ketso, the community of the state deputy governor, which as you know, was affected by the flood.” He said the government would also carry out a design for New Bark town in view of the dredging of the Bark port.
Commenting on the non-payment of compensations to villagers displaced by the construction of the Zungeru hydroelectric dam, Kanko said this government was not involved initially. It was when things got bad that they brought us in, it is a federal government scheme, I know they are working on it.”