Ebonyi State Government yesterday commenced the payment of compensation to 303 persons whose lands were acquired by the government for the establishment of Information Communication Technology, ICT University at Oferekpe Agbaja in Izzi Local Government Area of the State.
The State government had recently acquired about 58.12 hectares of land from the people of Oferekpe Agbaja and Amachara Communities in Izzi Local Government Area for the establishment of ICT University.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that over 303 (Three hundred and three) persons were affected and were subsequently captured as beneficiaries for the compensation.
The state Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Dr. Mathew Nwobashi during the flag-off of the payment assured the people that the State Governor, Rt. Hon Francis Nwifuru will ensure the comprehensive payment of compensation to the landowners.
He noted that only those who have crops, economic trees, and residential houses were captured for disbursement of the compensation fund by the government in line with the relevant laws.
The Commissioner maintained that the payment was part of the actions of the State Governor in keeping to his campaign promises which are anchored on people’s charter of needs.
“Let me inform you that apart from the payment of compensation to all the affected Communities of these communities, Government have also secured a place to relocate you all.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Fedrick Nwogbaga commended the Ministry of Lands and Survey for its transparency in handling the payment of compensation to the people.
Some of the beneficiaries including Chukwuman Ofoke , Chief Anthony Nwazufu-Egbe and Mr Nkwegu Ojelegu who received the cheque for the compensation of their crops, economic trees, and residential houses thanked Governor Nwifuru for keeping to his words.