N500m to be paid as crop compensation as works begin on Ogun Airport - BUSINESSDAY
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has declared that N500 million compensation will soon be paid for economic crops that will give way for the construction of an airport in Wasimi in Ewekoro local government area of the state.
According to information gathered by BusinessDay from government circles, the airport is to take some pressure off both the international and local wings of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos state and is expected to stimulate economic activities around Wasimi-Papalanto-Sagamu Interchange-Lagos-Ibadan expressway corridor when completed.
Speaking during a working visit to the site of the ongoing airport project in company with his agricultural team on Monday, Governor Amosun implored residents of the affected localities to give necessary support to the project which is being undertaken by the Federal Government, saying the Federal Government would compensate farmers and others for crops and houses destroyed.
He said the satellite imagery of buildings, as well as crops enumeration had been carried out to ease the compensation plans, adding that all was now set for the commencement of the project as the payment of N500 million compensation would be effected.
He added that thousands of hectares of land would be required for the proposed airport, as 20 different villages around Wasimi area had been acquired for the project. He urged the people to embrace the project as it would usher in socio-economic development that would be of great benefit to them and generations yet unborn.
He further stated that the affected farmers would be relocated to a more appropriate place to continue their farming businesses, assuring that his government would not in any way bring hardship on the people, but rather make their lives more meaningful .
Earlier, the Baale of Temuland in Ewekoro Local Government Area, Abati Noah, appreciated the Governor for his relentless efforts at ensuring the development of the community, appealing to the government to help ameliorate the pains of those that would be affected by compensating them adequately, advising his people to support the state government in actualising the airport project.
RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta