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Lagos Govt Pays N740m to Lekki Free Zone communities

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Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had paid N740 million as outstanding compensation to communities within the Lekki Free Zone and Lekki-Epe International Airport site.

The state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Rotimi Ogunleye, disclosed this at a news conference in Ikeja.

He said the communities were that of Parcel B of the zone, comprising Yegunda and Abomiti zones.

“Before these parcels of land were acquired, they were being used for farming mostly by various families within those projects sites. With the acquisition, there is bound to be compensation of the land-owning families after a comprehensive enumeration and valuation,” Ogunleye said.

He said already, modalities were being put in place to ensure hitch-free payment, adding that the payment would be effected immediately.

He said that the government had continued to engage the communities to convince them on the multiplier effects of the project in terms of employment generation and the socio-economic value on the lives of the people.

Ogunleye said the compensation was a continuous process, adding that N65 million was paid early this year for land owners affected by the ongoing Dangote projects in the zone.

He said before now, the host communities of the 3,000 hectares of land housing the zone, a company jointly owned by the state government and a consortium of Chinese investors, were heavily compensated.

Ogunleye said that more land owners would be compensated in due course at the end of verification and valuation.

He assured both local and foreign investors that all projects in the zone were fully on course and urged more investors to come on board.

“Within the free zone corridor, the government also conceptualised a deep seaport and an international airport as complementary project that will leverage on the massive production activities in the zone, with the added facilities for air and sea transportation,” he said.

He said the land acquired for the airport was about 4,000 hectares, while that of the deep seaport was about 590 hectares.

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6 Comments

  1. artklub

    September 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Lagos is dirty! There are not enough traffic signs or traffic cops! There are no/hardly any traffic lights. Rubbish and dirt everywhere. Its so deeply embarrassing. How any sane human being can carry on as if things are normal in Lagos is just some deep denial. I applaud the hustle of the people despite support from government. However, at some point you would have to say that, your environment is a reflection of your soul. What does the disgusting trashy state of Lagos, the commercial and creative hub of Nigeria say about the soul of Nigeria? Really. Corruption and scum and dirt and trash is at the heart of Nigeria. Please clean yourself up. Pick up the TRASH! Its tragic.

  2. shode

    September 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    hmmmmmm I bet you are not from Lagos state.. please go to your state and advise your governor and see if Lagos is not 100percent better than the whole of the east and north put together

    • Anonymous

      September 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Nope it is not. Have you traveled outside of Lagos? Then keep quiet. I used to get sick immediately after landing in Lagos from Abuja. Stop taking it personal. It’s not about regions. Lagos is not ikoyi, VI, Lekki. It is still very dirty and polluted

    • artklub

      September 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      even lekki and ikoyi are a mess. no matter how high brow and rich….a total mess! old queen’s drive…a junk yard. beautiful V.I – gross! what is wrong with nigerians?

    • artklub

      September 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      yep….thats all you can say. just take this kind criticism and ask your governor and neighbors to do better! then u continue your shakara.

  3. molarah

    September 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    But what has the article got to do with pollution/trash in Lagos? Who is all your ranting going to help, who is your target audience for this rant? Haba.

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