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Ogun pays over N1bn compensation to owners of demolished structures

Ibikunle Amosun

Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has paid over 1 billion naira as compensation to owners of structures demolished to pave way for development in the state.

 The Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail, while presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries, said the turnout of the recipients at the Bureau’s office in Oke-ilewo, Abeokuta showed that the people were happy with the government.

He disclosed that the compensation was being paid to beneficiaries in Abeokuta, Sango, Ojodu, Ijebu-ode, Mowe, Akute, Oke-Aro and Ofada amongst others.

 “It is very tough for someone to accept his or her structure being demolished but I want to thank you all for your understanding.

“The State Government is using this opportunity to compensate those whose houses, shops, workshops or whatever they had gave way for infrastructural development,” he said.

 The Director-General also assured that the development and expansion of roads would continue in other parts of the state, noting that compensation would also be paid to affected communities in due time.

 Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Elias Ayinde Bameke said it was the sacrifice that had to make for development of the State, appreciating the Government for compensating them as promised.