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Ekiti Farmers Threaten To Stop State Government’s Airport Project Over Unpaid Compensation

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At the least 1000 farmers gathered in Ekiti State on Monday to protest towards the unpaid compensation for his or her farms acquired by the state authorities.

The farmers, who got here from 5 communities within the state, demanded compensation for his or her land that’s getting used for the continued building of the agro-allied cargo airport, alongside Ado-Ijan street.



The farmers, principally the aged and widows, pleaded with the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to think about their plights and the funding on their farm lands and pay them compensation as promised.

The farmers have been harmed with placards with totally different inscriptions similar to; “Ekiti Meeting please come to our aide,” “Governor Fayemi ought to pay our cash directly,” “The farmers cry for assist”; “We want fee for our land acquired by authorities” amongst others.

They threatened to cease work on the airport web site by invoking ancestral energy if the federal government did not pay their compensation inside the subsequent seven days.

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Mr Osho Olorunfemi, who spoke on behalf of the farmers, asserted that the over 1,000 farmers from the 5 affected communities Ijan, igbogun, Aso, Igbemo, and Orun Bolorunduro communities whose land have been acquired for the airport had misplaced large sum of money in funding on the crops.

He urged the governor to urgently deal with their grievances and pay them the compensation. Noting that failure of the federal government to impact the fee inside the subsequent seven days, would depart the farmers with no different possibility than to storm the location and invoke religious energy on the land.

”It’s authorities that stated individuals ought to embrace farming however right here we at the moment are, after a lot funding on cocoa, plantain, cassava, palm tree and different crops, authorities got here to destroy them.

“Since March this 12 months, we’ve been on this subject however nothing is forthcoming, all we hear is promise and assurance since then. We’re uninterested in guarantees; we want our cash to start out life once more as a result of we’re utterly down for the time being. We’re conscious some individuals have been paid however not all of us.

“We’re giving the federal government a seven-day ultimatum for them to pay us and in the event that they default, we shall be right here on the airport web site to do the needful and no matter occurs after, we shouldn’t be blamed.”

Nonetheless, the coordinator of the airport mission, Mr Bunmi Awotikun who assured the farmers that authorities was attending to their calls for and that they’d quickly be paid, urged the affected farmers to embrace peace.

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