Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 April 2012

Nigeria: 111 More Houses for Demolition in Ekiti

Ado-Ekiti — The Ekiti State government has marked 111 more houses for demolition as part of its urban renewal programme. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Land Matters, Mr. Johnson Olorunleke who addressed newsmen yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, said the state has also set aside N273million as compensation to owners of the structures. Giving a breakdown of the money, Olorunleke said N190

million would be distributed to owners of the 111 structures that have been marked for demolition to enable the dualization of the township roads while N83 million would be distributed among owners of already demolished structures.

Olorunleke said part of the policy thrust of Governor Fayemi is the establishment of an optimum community that would improve the lives of its citizens. He also allayed fears that areas close to the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe would be demolished, saying sacred places that are pivotal to tradition will be spared.

He said the government met with the Ewi-in-Council on how to identify the sacred spots in the state with a view to protecting them.

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