International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 6, Issue 6 (2019)

The comparative analysis of the practice of compensation payment on revocation of rights of occupancy in Lagos, Niger and Rivers States of Nigeria


Ajogwu Hillary Amaechi, Emoh Fidelis Ifeanyi

This paper focused on the comparative analysis of the practice of compensation payment on revocation of rights of occupancy in Lagos, Niger and Rivers States of Nigeria. Compensation practice on revocation of rights of occupancy in Nigeria is based on the dictates of Land Use Act, CAP L5, LFN, 2004. Sec. 29(4-6) of the Act gives guidelines to the acquiring authority on the heads of claims payable to the affected claimant. However, there exist some anomalies in the payment practice in different States in the form of non-payments, delayed payments, transparency in payment modalities, inadequacies in payments and others. The objectives of the study were: to examine the basis, transparency, extent of non-payment, extent of abiding by the law, the promptness in terms of time lapse and adequacy of compensation payment practices on the revoked rights of occupancy in Lagos, Niger and Rivers States. Structured questionnaires were administered directly to the respondents and retrieved personally by the researcher. The samples used were 131 staff comprising 43 from Lagos, 40 from Rivers and 48 from Niger. The questionnaires distributed were 131, but those collected were 107. The collected questionnaires were 33 out of 43 from Lagos resenting 74%, 34 out of 40 representing 85% and 40 out of 48 representing 83.30%. The percentage of questionnaire collected was 81.68% on average. In analysis of data collected, descriptive statistics such as mean and standard deviation were used. Inferential statistics such as ANOVA and Scheffe Post-Hoc test were further applied to above data to test on the hypotheses. The results of findings were as follows: the bases of compensation payments among the States under investigation were the same, however, Niger State have a strict compliance to Land Use Act than Lagos and Rivers State; the practice in the three States were in line with the Act, but compensation payment were inadequate; there were delay in payment of compensation among the States and that there were high degree of non-payment of compensation in the three States under investigation. The practices of compensation payment in the States were not consistent with the global best practice on compensation payments where rights of occupancy is revoked even though they were all made in line with the guiding law- the Land Use Act. Finally, we recommended that there should be a total embracing of Land Use Act by the authorities, there should be transparency in practice, and the enabling legislation should be amended to ensure adequate and timely compensation payment for the revoked rights of occupancy of citizens.
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Ajogwu Hillary Amaechi, Emoh Fidelis Ifeanyi. The comparative analysis of the practice of compensation payment on revocation of rights of occupancy in Lagos, Niger and Rivers States of Nigeria. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2019, Pages 05-14
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