Oyo set to compensate owners of Dry Port land 

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State says it has begun the processes of enumeration of the original owners of lands acquired by the government for the purpose of creating the new Ibadan Inland Dry Port at the Akinyele Local Government Area, LGA, Ibadan.

The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, gave the hint at a meeting with traditional rulers and royal fathers from Akinyele LGA which was held at the Conference Center of the Local Government Secretariat.

Compensation
Mr Abdu-Raheem appealed to the visitors to talk to landowners not to scuttle the process of enumeration, saying the present administration would adequately compensate those whose lands were affected.

He said; “The present government, led by Seyi Makinde, is ready to enumerate original landowners at Akinyele Local Government whose land would be used for the new Inland Dry Port as well as the Rail Line for the development of the area.”

The Commissioner said that 300 hectares of land would be used for the project, noting that due process would be followed.

Abdu-Raheem stated that; “Once the government acquires land, adequate compensation would be made to the original land owners as well as farmers who planted on the land. This is a massive development for the area as socio-economic activities will be boosted because of the introduction of the Inland Dry Port as well as the Rail Line.”

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Ademola Ajibola harped on the need for cooperation from those concerned, adding that the Dry Port would be of immense benefit to the people of Akinyele Local Government.

The Alakinyele of Akinyele, Oba James Odeniran as well as Baales of the Community, called on the State government to consider resettlement of those whose villages and farmland would be affected.

They appreciated the government for considering Akinyele Local Government for the developmental project.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere