Kwara State Acquires 20,065 Hectares for Ilorin Smart City Project

Kwara State acquires 20,065 hectares for Ilorin Smart City project, a major initiative to develop a modern and sustainable city with essential facilities, creating employment and improving quality of life for residents.

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Kwara State Acquires 20,065 Hectares for Ilorin Smart City Project

Kwara State Acquires 20,065 Hectares for Ilorin Smart City Project

The Kwara State Government has acquired a total of 20,065 hectares of land in Ilorin East and Ilorin South Local Government Areas for the establishment of the New Ilorin Smart City Estate. The acquisition followed a meeting between the state government and the landowners.

The Ilorin Smart City Project, a major initiative in the state's 2024 Budget Estimate , aims to develop a modern and sustainable city modeled after green cities like Washington DC. The project is set to cover an area of 18,000 hectares and will include necessary facilities such as schools, hospitals, markets, police stations, fire services, a stadium, housing estates, and an industrial park.

Compensation for the landowners, spanning 23 villages in the Ilorin Emirate council area , is currently underway. The state government has sought the support of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, who has expressed his full backing for the initiative and promised to engage with local leaders to ensure their cooperation.

Why this matters: The Ilorin Smart City Project represents a significant step towards sustainable urban development in Kwara State. The project has the potential to create employment opportunities for the state's youth and improve the quality of life for residents through the provision of modern amenities and infrastructure.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's administration has prioritized the smart city project, with the groundbreaking scheduled for next year. The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari, has pledged his full support, stating, "We will work with the Magajis and Allanguas to sensitize the public and gain their support for this project that will benefit our people."

Key Takeaways

  • Kwara govt acquires 20,065 hectares for Ilorin Smart City project.
  • Project aims to develop a modern, sustainable city modeled after green cities.
  • Compensation for landowners in 23 villages is underway, with Emir's support.
  • Project has potential to create jobs and improve quality of life for residents.
  • Groundbreaking scheduled for next year, with Emir pledging full support.