Ekiti airport host communities beg for compensation

By: Doyin Adebusuyi

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 Aso-Ayegunle, 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.