Ambode approves N740m compensation for Lekki Free Zone communities
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the immediate release of another N740,461432.00 for the payment of compensation to host communities within the Lekki Free Zone and the Lekki-Epe International Airport site.
Disclosing this in Lagos, yesterday at a ministerial press briefing, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said that the state government has continued to engage the host communities to convince them on the multiple effects of the project in terms of employment generation and the value to be added to the socio-economic lives of the people.
He said that an initial N66 million had been paid to owners of Parcel A lands, which houses the Dangote Refinery and some other companies while the new compensation approved was for host communities of Parcel B, comprising Yegunda and Abomiti zones.
He said that the latest payment would not be the last as more compensation would be paid until all the host communities are fully catered for.
“Before these parcels of land were acquired, they were being used for farming mostly by various families within those projects sites. With acquisition, there is bound to be compensation of the landowning families after a comprehensive enumeration and valuation exercises.”
Ogunleye said that at a time of economic downturn, the state as the nation’s economic hub was providing the Lekki investment platform with huge potentials as the best destination for direct investment.