Ekiti State government has paid compensation to the tune of N500 million to 700 land owners. The lands of the benefiaries were acquired for the state’s Agro-allied Cargo Airport project.
The affected land owners, mainly farmers, were presented with cheques of varying sums. The presentation was done by Gov. Kayode Fayemi at the conference hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Kayode Fayemi said a total 4,017 hectares of land was acquired for the airport project. He added that his administration’s infrastructure and industrial development agenda was aimed at connecting the state’s agribusiness industry to global market through an agro-allied cargo airport.
The governor thanked traditional rulers in the affected areas for amicably resolving any communal conflicts. These conflicts would have arisen from the initial challenges encountered during the enumeration of crops on the acquired land. Fayemi further solicited for their continued support and cooperation to ensure that the project.
Governor Fayemi said: “The next 15 months will be crucial for this project and as we all know, it is only in an atmosphere of peace and harmony that meaningful development can take place. It is imperative therefore that you shun any act capable of disturbing the prevailing atmosphere of peace and harmony in the project site and the state as a whole”. Cargo Airport
The New Ekiti Airport is a proposed airport development serving the city of Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State. The airport project was initially rejected by the Nigerian Government. The Federal Government rejected the project because they said it would conflict with plans to upgrade four airports to international standards.