The Osun Government on Tuesday in Osogbo began the compilation of the list of residents whose farms and property were affected as a result of the land it acquired for a Free Trade Zone.
The Commissioner for Lands, Mr Ayo Akinsomi, said that the documentation was necessary to ascertain those affected and the cost of compensation.Â The 4,000 acres of land acquired in 2006 affected several communities in Osogbo, Ido-Osun and Ofatedo. Akinsomi told NAN that government was duty bound to compensate previous users of the land acquired for the project.
â€œPeople are already farming there and we have to compensate the users of the land in respect of their property which was affected. On the land are some economic trees, buildings and other crops owned by individuals for the sustenance of their economic life,â€ he said. Asked how much it would cost to compensate the farmers, Akinsomi said it would run into billions of naira, adding that ministry officials were still collating the figures.
â€œWe are still doing the enumeration of what is on the land. We must know the kinds of infrastructure, tree or cash crops among other things on the farms. The affected people have been waiting to be compensated and government will not fail to live up to expectation in this regard. You can imagine the huge resources on the land for such a noble project.
Even if government is not paying for the land, users of the land must be compensated,â€ Akinsomi said. He said the state government had been trying to grapple with the problem of compensation since the acquisition of the land