The Ogun State Government has paid over N300 million as compensation to groups whose lands were acquired for developmental purposes at Areke Village, Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.
The Head of Acquisition and Compensation, Michael Adewale, while presenting cheques to the beneficiaries at the Bureau Of Lands and Survey’s Office, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, explained that the lands were given to investors who were ready to establish companies which would create more job opportunities for residents of the state.
He said the proximity of Areke Communities to Flowergate Industrial Scheme would attract more investors in siting their companies in the area thereby boosting the industrialization drive of the state.
‘’This present government is midwifing this project and it has put in place various measures of compensation to improve the standard of living of the citizens in the state,” Mr. Adewale said. “Therefore, the Corporate Social Responsibilities of the investors must be fulfilled in the various communities which they are being hosted – besides the monetary compensation to the communities – which includes good roads, health facilities, provision of potable water among others.”
Mr. Adewale urged the host communities to be law abiding, partnering with the state government and the investors in bringing dividends of democracy to the state.
Speaking on behalf of the investors, Satar Omolola of Export Trading Group [ETG], Agro-Company Nigeria Limited, commended the State Government for bringing development to the people and promised their continued partnership with the government in advancing the economic status of the state.
Representing the beneficiaries, Disu Olalekan thanked Governor Ibikunle Amosun for the good gesture which has brought succour to the affected communities, noting that the group was in support of the government to move the state forward through industrialization.
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