A total of 5000 farmers in the 20 villages of Wasinmi and Ewekoro Local government area, that were affected by the International Airport Project in Ogun State have begun receiving N500 million compensation from the state government.
The state’s Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who presented cheques to the benefiting farmers at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the compensation was to cushion the effect of the loss of lands by the farmers.
The governor said the airport project would facilitate the development of the area as well as ease the transportation of agricultural produce to many parts of the world.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo said the project would boost socio-economic activities in the host community and the state in general.
“This project will attract foreign investors, create employment for the teeming youths and promote socio-economic activities in the state. The state government is committed to prompt payment of crop compensation to farmers whose farmlands were affected for this great mission to develop our state,’’ the commissioner said.
The Chairman, Ewekoro North Local Council Development Area, Kehinde Adepegba, stated that the cargo airport would further empower the youths and create opportunity for export of farm produce.
The beneficiaries lauded the state government for the prompt payment of the compensation to them.
Communities that have benefited from the first phase of the compensation include Pataleri, Igbagba, Mosan, Igbin Orola, Igbin Ojo, Igbin Arowosegbe, Idele and Balagbe of Ogun state.