Sokoto - Alhaji Altine Kyadawa, Chairman of Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State, said the council had paid more than N10 million as land compensation to residents of Gada.
Kyadawa said the land would be used for the establishment of a 252-housing layout to decongest Gada town as well as curb perennial flood.
The chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Saturday said "the beneficiaries now domicile in flood-prone areas of the town''.
"The measure is aimed at resettling them in a safe place, expand and improve the aesthetics of the town," he said.
The chairman said the state Ministry of Land and Housing was commissioned by the local government to clear and survey the new layout.
According to Kyadawa, the local government has also constructed a new market in Gada for onion and grains sellers at N12 million.
The measure, he said, was to boost the internally generated revenue of the council which now increased to more than N100 000 per week compared to between N6 000 and N16 000 earned previously.
On security, Kyadawa appealed to the Federal Government to provide more ultra-modern equipment, arms and ammunitions to security agencies.
He also called on the three tiers of government to provide more jobs to unemployed youths, adding that "most of our problems are due to lack of jobs for youths who are vulnerable".
Kyadawa further said the five local governments in the state bordering Niger Republic would meet with their colleagues in that country to brainstorm on regional security.
The local governments are Gada, Tangaza, Sabon-Birni, Illela and Gudu while those in Niger Republic are Konni and Madawa.
Kyadawa also appealed to traditional and religious leaders to be more honest, truthful, God-fearing and sincere in their preaching.