Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulrasaq Atunwa
By Hammed Shittu
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulrasaq Atunwa, at the weekend, vowed to intervene in the face-off between the state government and the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) over the implementation of the new Land Act by the state government.
It would be recalled that the Ilorin Descendant Progressive Union (IDPU) had a fortnight ago placed an advertorial in one of the national dailies expressing its displeasure over the implementation of the new Land Use Act in the State.
The new Land Use Act, according to the union, was capable of inhibiting the middle class group in the Emirate, having access to affordable shelter.
But the Speaker in a chat with journalists in Ilorin Sunday, said he had initiated peace move on the impasse so as to move the state forward.
Atunwa, who traced the origin of the new land policy in the state to 2009 noted that the policy affect the entire people of the state. He assured that he would employ dialogue and wider consultation in the bid to see where amendment could be made in the act.
He said land issue usually generates a lot of reactions across the globe and called for caution among the stakeholders in the bid to ensure amicable resolution of the controversy.
The Speaker further noted that the agitation was seeking to changing development of land in the state and promised to ensure that stakeholders had round table discussion to resolve the impasse.
Atunwa also stated that all those concerned would be given a say to have an enduring and amicable resolution of the land problem.