The Ogun State government has disclosed that over 80% of the owners of the structures demolished to give right of way to the “Ogun Standard” roads being constructed across the length and breath of the state lacked title documents.
A statement by the Press Officer, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, quoted the Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Kayode Ademolake, as stating that the governor in his magnanimity directed that owners of such demolished buildings be compensated.
He said ‘’ you know the nature of the governor. He is a kind of person that wants to be fair to everybody. We are conscious of the fact that those structures are physically on ground there and we know that in those days there were no documents and government knows that following official procedures will result to throwing families into hard conditions. It is better once we find a structure on ground according to the governor’s instruction they should be compensated”.
“More than 80% of those that fell into this category have no building approvals. Many of these buildings have been constructed over 80 to 100 years ago, so once we get there and capture them pictorially, we give them number and immediately call in valuers to evaluate their property and they are compensated accordingly”.
While disclosing that the process of compensation is on, Engineer Ademolake said “the issue of compensation is fractional. It is in different stages. Some were not compensated monetarily for their houses but have their houses repaired for them by the government. Mostly along these roads when you see houses with green roofs, that is a sign that these houses were reconstructed by the government. The second category were the people that were compensated monetarily”
The Permanent Secretary pointed out that all roads that were being constructed in the state have stipulated time of completion, assuring that all these roads would be completed at the record time barring all odds.