By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State Government has paid compensation to people whose buildings and structures were demolished to pave way for the construction of an overhead bridge in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti.
This was just as the state government commenced the demolition of the buildings and structures on the way of the project so as to give room for the contractors to work unhindered.
The State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who monitored the demolition exercise in Okesa area of the town yesterday, said there was no point delaying the project when those affected had been compensated and duly notified.
He said: “First, we appreciate the people whose structures and buildings are affected by the construction work, we all have to make sacrifices for the development of our state.
“We must all ensure that our state competes favourably with others and on our part as a government, we are determined to give the people of the state our best despite the paucity of funds.
“Properties affected were duly assessed and the owners have been paid. The compensation ranging from N100,000 to N15 million. We are hopeful that the project will be delivered next year.”
“We also want to appeal to road users and our people generally that they should bear with us concerning the inconvenience the road project is causing them. That is why we are taking steps to open up other alternate routes.
“I appeal to the people of the state to cooperate and support our administration, we have always given priority to the welfare of the people and determined to take our state to greater height.”