28th September, 2010
The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos state Land Bureau, Gbenga Ashafa has said that theÂ state government was committed to its own policies.
This, he said was behind the compensation of the victims affected by the expansion of theÂ Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which is aimed at creating 10 lanes together with corridors forÂ the Bus Rapid Transportation (BRT) and the light rail line.
Most of the victims had their properties demolished because of the exercise and theÂ compensation has been ongoing.
Ashafa, who spoke at the presentation of cheques of various amounts to six of the victimsÂ yesterday, said “the current administration considers it of paramount importance toÂ comply with the provisions of the Land Use Act and the constitution of the FederalÂ Republic of Nigeria, which enjoin the government to pay compensation to individuals andÂ corporate bodies, whose properties were taken over or removed on the ground of overridingÂ public interest.
â€œAs at today, the state government has paid a total of N1, 119, 973, 190 as compensationÂ in respect of the new Lagos-Badagry Road.â€
He said previously, 18 claimants had received N582, 709, 850, another 12 received N348,Â 748, 690 while the sum of N266, 514, 650 was paid to yet another set of 11 victims.
He also said the N250, 285, 560 awarded to the six victims was as a result of theÂ approval of the state governor, Babatunde Fashola.
The Permanent Secretary noted that though no amount of money could fully satisfy theÂ displaced, other victims with Certificate of Occupancy, Deed of Assignment, Conveyance,Â Survey Plans, Land Certificates and approved building plans to tender them in order forÂ the Bureau to process their claims.