The governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday disclosed that he had spent over #1.3billion on compensation to victims of structures separated to pave way for the dualization and expansion of roads in Osogbo, the state capital.
He made the disclosure at the presentation of another cheque of #302, 966 million to 127 victims of the yet to be separated structures along the ongoing dualization of Orita-Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale Osun road in Osogbo.
Governor Aregbesola who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Grace Laoye-Tomori advised the claimants to use the disbursed money judiciously.
He allayed the fear of some people that the money was drawn from the money meant to pay workers salaries saying that the payment of compensation will not in anyway affect the payment of salaries.
Governor Aregbesola urged the claimants to erect structures that will add value to the ongoing urban renewal programme of his administration adding that he would want to see people make their environment beautiful.
One of the claimant, Mrs Afusat Aderibigbe expressed her appreciation to government for the prompt payment of compensation even before the separation exercise were carried out.
However, while beneficiaries of the compensation were receiving their cheques, a group of irate landlords affected by the construction of dualized Ayetoro road in Osogbo protested the delay in payment of compensation to them.
But Governor Aregbesola appealed to them with the assurance that they would soon be paid their compensation.