BY MONSUR OLOWOPEJO
LAGOS — Lagos State Government, Tuesday, compensated five landlords whose lands were acquired by the government for the construction of the Dana Cenotaph in Iju-Ishaga, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state.
This came barely three months after Governor Babatunde Fashola unveiled the cenotaph, to mark the one year anniversary of the ill fated Dana plane crash of June 3rd, 2012.
The acquired land, according to the government measured 2,834.917 square metres.
The beneficiaries are: Mr. Isaac Aduroja, Pastor Daniel Omowumi, Pastor Ezekiel Akin-Jesu, Alhaja Ramota Akinwusi and Alhaji Wahab Oshinaya.
Although the government did not disclose the amount paid to the landlords, vanguard gathered that over N20 million was paid to the landlords to part with their lands.
Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who handed over the cheques to the owners at his office in Alausa Secretariat, said the fund was approved by the state governor, on the basis of the prevailing fair market value within the neighborhood where the cenotaph had been erected.
Muri-Okunola said : “The compensation was paid in accordance with the fair market value for a plot of land in the local government, which is valued between N4 to N5million.”