=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === LASG has paid N38 million as crops compensation to 15 traditional families of Ladekin, Igbodu and Molajoye in Epe for the acquisition of 500 hectares of land in the community intended for integrated Agricultural activities.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, explained that the acquisition was part of the State Government’s strategy on the Five-Year Agricultural and Food Systems Roadmap which was recently launched.
She stated that by acquiring the land for agricultural purposes, the State Government sees it as a way of bringing jobs and infrastructural development to the area, as businesses set up within the communities would require the workforce of the residents of Igbodu.
According to the Commissioner, the State Government recognises the importance of the land to the people, hence its decision to pay crops compensation to the affected families, bearing in mind that most of the traditional landowners make their livelihood from the acquired lands.
Olusanya disclosed that the State Government prioritises the prompt payments of compensation to agricultural land-owning families, adding that it was the same in the cases of other established Farm Estates.
The Commissioner, therefore, reiterated the State Government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizenry, while commending the beneficiaries for their patience and understanding during the process.