Governor, State of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has paid a total of N11 million as compensation to 243 farmers whose farms affected by the ongoing construction of the MKO Abiola International Airport in Ido-Osun in Egbedore Local Government Area of the state.
Besides, another sum of N51million had also been paid to farmers in Odo Iju and Ibodi in Atakumosa West Local Government Area of the state.
The state government had acquired a large portion of land at both Odo Iju and Ibodi for the building of an interdenominational worship centre called “Open Heaven Worship Centre” in the area.
Presenting the cheques to the affected farmers and land owners, the State Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Muyiwa Ige, said that the government took the decision on humanitarian ground and to cater for the welfare of the people.
While expressing government’s gratitude to those whose properties were used for the projects, he pointed out that the government’s decision to develop the state was borne out of its desire to attract foreign investors to the state.
Ige, however, assured that the state government would not hesitate to compensate those with genuine papers on any property acquired in the cause of developing the state, adding that people should support the government to bring about infrastructural growth of the state.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Dr Jide Ayeni commended the state government for the rapid development in the state and for the timely payment of compensation to the affected claimants.