Ekiti State Government on Monday paid financial compensation to the
tune of N500 million to 700 land owners whose lands were acquired for
the state’s Agro-allied Cargo Airport project.
The affected land owners, mainly farmers, were presented with checks
of varying sums by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi at the
Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti.
The event coincided with the formal handing over of the project site
to the main contractor to commence the construction of the 3.2
Dr Fayemi said a total 4,017 hectares of land was acquired for the
airport project, adding that his administration’s infrastructure and
industrial development agenda was aimed at connecting the state’s
agribusiness industry to global market through an Agro-allied Cargo
The Governor thanked traditional rulers in the affected areas for
resolving, amicably, communal conflicts that would have arisen from
the initial challenges encountered during the enumeration of crops on
the acquired land.
While commending the affected land owners and communities for their
support and cooperation with government officials during the
enumeration exercise, Dr Fayemi further solicited for their continued
support and cooperation to ensure that the project, which is capable
of generating thousands of jobs for teeming unemployed youth , is
completed on time and without hindrance.
According to him, “The next fifteen months will be crucial for this
project and as we all know, it is only in an atmosphere of peace and
harmony that meaningful development can take place. It is imperative
therefore that you shun any act capable of disturbing the prevailing
atmosphere of peace and harmony in the project site and the State as a
The Governor urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the fund
purposefully by using it to expand their farms saying Ekiti was an
agrarian state with farming as the mainstay of the economy.
He noted that the state has not been able to maximize the potentials
of its comparative advantage on agriculture due the absence of the
He said the desire to address some of these infrastructural
deficiencies informed the decision of his government to make
agribusiness a cardinal program with the hope that the ongoing
construction of rural access roads would facilitate easy movement of
farm produce to end users.
“It is pertinent to restate here that the State Government embarked on
the construction of the Agro-Allied Cargo Airport to market the
State’s potential and abilities in agribusiness, and to also improve
the attractiveness of Ekiti as an investment destination.
The Airport, when completed will positively transform the economy of
the State, attract investment and create more job opportunities for
our people. Agricultural products such as cassava, oil palm, cocoa,
cashew, timber, rice, plantain and banana and others will be better
marketed locally and internationally when the Airport becomes
“I urge our people to see the project as their personal project and
protect it. I advise individuals engaging in the destruction of
pillars and other infrastructure at the project site to desist from
the dastardly act. There is legislation against wilful damage of
government property, therefore, anybody caught in the act of vandalism
will be made to face the wrath of the law.” The Governor said.
Earlier, the Director General/Special Adviser to the Governor on Land
Matters, Mrs. Olufunke Falodun had commended Governor Fayemi for
providing leadership that has enhanced accelerated development in the
state and for approving compensation to landowners.
Mrs Falodun highlighted the benefits of the airport to include
boosting the untapped tourism potentials of the state as well as
accelerating the growth of the emerging health tourism and promote the
movement of agricultural produce and products in and out of the state.