By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
People whose buildings and structures paved way for construction of an overhead bridge in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital were at the weekend paid compensation by the state government and pulling down of the buildings and structures on the way of the project to give room for the contractors to work has also began.
The State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who monitored the demolition exercise in Okesa area of the town, said there was no point delaying the project when those affected had been paid and duly given enough notice.
“First, we appreciate the people whose structures and buildings are affected by the construction work, we all have to make sacrifices for the development of our state. We must all ensure that our state competes favourably with others and on our part as a government; we are determined to give the people of the state our best despite the paucity of funds.
“Properties affected were duly assessed and the owners have been paid. The compensation ranges from N100,000 to N15 million. We are hopeful that the project will be delivered next year. We also want to appeal to road users and our people generally that they should bear with us concerning the inconvenience the road project is causing them. That is why we are taking steps to open up other alternate routes.
“I appeal to the people of the state to cooperate and support our administration,we have always given priority to the welfare of the people and determined to take our state to greater height. Ekiti is our own and is our state and we should stop politics of bitterness and pulling others down. All our legacy projects are on course and we will deliver as promised. My administration is not going to leave any abandoned project for others to inherit,”the governor said.
The landlords commended the governor for the prompt payment of their compensation.
One of them, Mr. Akinrinade Sunday who was given N12 million for his affected property, said the governor did the right thing by paying their compensation before the demolition of their structures.