The Senate yesterday asked the Nigeria Liqufied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to pay N18.4bn compensation to about 200 families whose farms in Bonny, Rivers State, were acquired for pipelines Rights of Way.
This followed the consideration and adoption of a report by the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that investigated a petition by the communities.
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The Senate directed NLNG to pay the compensation within two months.
The committee chairman, Senator Patrick Akinyelure, in his report, said following its incorporation, the NLNG acquired landed properties in the state spanning over 210 kilometres for use as its pipelines Right of Way which ended at the export terminal of the NLNG in Finima, Bonny Local Government of the state.
He said, “There were over 73 communities and over 200 families whose hitherto agrarian source of livelihood were negatively impacted upon by the said acquisition.”