Bus terminal: Enugu government commences compensation to property owners 

Ahead of construction of new modern transport interchange at the Market Road, Enugu popularly known as Holy Ghost, the leaser of the properties will from today (Tuesday) start receiving compensation as agreed with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (the lessor).

The commencement of payment was made known to the Enugu state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Obi Ozor, Monday.

Recall that the Enugu state governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, had on 19th of October, 2023, met with critical property owners and stakeholders on the proposed Enugu Central Station.

At the meeting, Mbah had explained that the proposed Enugu Central Station was part of the larger infrastructure plan, which also includes other major modern transport interchanges at Garki, Abakpa Nike, and Nsukka. The aim, he said, was to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion, enhance safety, preserve road assets, optimise transport efficiency, and address various needs of transport sector operators in the state; and  sought their cooperation towards the realisation of the project.

Citing similar world-class developments in other parts of the world like Dubai, and Singapore among others, Governor Mbah said there was no reason Holy Ghost bus terminal could be allowed to continue in its present state of decay, perennial traffic congestion, and high-level crimes when such overseas feats could be replicated through conscious efforts and planning.

Sequel to the meeting, the Commissioner for Transportation had on 20th October, 2023 formerly notified each individual occupant over a six-month notice of the government’s intention to use the location, while the lessors, the Railway Property Management Company Ltd, equally served the leasers notices of recovery of property to them on  22nd April, 2024 in line with their term of the lease.  

In a copy of one of the letters by Railway Property Management Company Ltd. entitled “Notice of Recovery of Railway Land Along Market Road, Enugu”, referenced as T/P. 1794/VOL.1, signed by the Director of Land and Estate Services, A.O Abdulsalam, for the company’s Managing Director, it said the Federal Ministry of Transportation had agreed to release the said portion of Railway land to the Enugu State Government for a modern bus terminal.  

The letter reads in part: “We refer to your lease of Railway land along Market Road, Enugu with Ref. No. T/P. 1794/VOL. 1 dated 02/08/2017.

“Please, be informed that the Federal Ministry of Transportation, on behalf of the Federal Government has agreed to release the portion of the NRC land, which was earlier allocated to you as referenced above, to the Enugu State Government to construct a modern transportation hub under the Transport Infrastructure Project.

“In line with our contractual agreement, the Enugu State Government has agreed to compensate you for the structures (s) constructed on the land based on an independent valuation of your structure on the land.”