Ek­iti air­port host com­mu­ni­ties beg for com­pen­sa­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Host com­mu­ni­ties of the Ek­iti air­port pro­ject have pleaded with the state gov­ern­ment to pay them com­pen­sa­tion.

They said the land be­ing cleared for the pro­ject was their only means of liveli­hood.

The gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of Works on Satur­day com­menced the clear­ing of 4,000 hectares of land for the take-off of the pro­ject.

Ar­eas be­ing cleared in­clude AsoAye­gunle, Ijon and a part of Afao-Ek­iti.

The Sec­re­tary of Aso Aye­gunle peo­ple, Chief Owolabi Solomon, told news­men that while the com­mu­nity was happy with the pro­ject, the peo­ple were ap­peal­ing to the gov­ern­ment to com­pen­sate them for their farm pro­duce that would have to give way for the pro­ject.

He said: “We have been in­formed that the gov­ern­ment would use our farm­lands for the air­port pro­ject. We are happy the gov­ern­ment is bring­ing this laud­able de­vel­op­ment to us but we are also plead­ing that the gov­ern­ment should, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, find means of com­pen­sat­ing us be­cause the farm­lands be­ing taken are our only source of liveli­hood.” The Com­mis­sioner for Works, Mr. Kay­ode Oso, who su­per­vised the clear­ing of the site, told news­men that gov­ern­ment had as­signed enu­mer­a­tors to es­ti­mate the loss of crops on the farm­lands. He as­sured that the af­fected farm­ers would be sub­stan­tially com­pen­sated once the enu­mer­a­tors come up with their es­ti­mates.

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