By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
Residents of Ado-Ekiti, whose buildings were demolished in the ongoing urban renewal of the state government, are to receive N273million compensation.
The government assured the Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, community that the proposed dualisation of roads, groves and sacred places would be protected.
Addressing reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Land Matters Mr. Johnson Olorunleke said the Old Garage—Ojumose-Atinkankan—Post Office-Baptist Church road would be dualised to ease traffic flow.
He said about N190 million would be spent on the 111 structures that have been marked for demolition along the township roads.
According to him, the government will spend N83 million on the structures already demolished for the beginning of the Urban Renewal Project, which started last year in Ado-Ekiti.
The adviser said part of “the policy thrust of the Kayode Fayemi administration is the establishment of optimum community that would improve the lives of the residents, attract investments and provide accessible roads to all towns and villages by 2014”.
Olorunleke noted that those who were not included in the compensation, which is starting this week, would “be captured in the second phase of the exercise”.
The special adviser allayed the fear that part of the palace of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti would be demolished in the dualisation. He said: “All sacred places that are pivotal to tradition will be spared.”
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