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FG inaugurates Lagos-Calabar coastal highway section 1 compensation c’ttee

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By AKOR SYLVESTER-Abuja

 

The federal government yesterday inaugurated a commitee to review the report on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in respect of compensation for section 1, Lagos- Calabar Coastal Highway project.

 

The committee made up of 19 members is required to interface with stakeholders  and property owners that will be affected by the project with a view to recommending those who are entitled to receive compensation from Federal Government as required  by law.

 

Speaking during the inauguration, the Minister of works, David Umahi directed  that the commitee should work strictly  with the terms of reference, which is to verify and authenticate the list of those to be compensated and submit a report within 10 days effective 18th April 2024.

 

He said, “We are setting up a review committee to look at the work done by the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA,) and the works to be reviewed by this committee is very simple, and it’s just to interact with the property owners that are going to be affected, and then in their presence, in the presence of the committee and the ESIA Consultant and the contractor, look at the compensation as enumerated to be paid, and where possible, you visit the site.

 

“We are using the federal rates to do our enumeration. I know very well that there is nobody that is ever enumerated that is ever satisfied with how much is to be paid, but we are bound by the law, and so we are using federal rates.”

 

The Minister  promised to ensure a seemless and timely  payment of compensation on the Lagos- Calabar Coastal Highway  project but warned that only those legally  entitled to compensation would  be shortlisted.

 

He said, “The moment the property owner signs, and then we have a form that we give to them to fill, and indicate the bank account; the moment that is done, within 72 hours, we authorize payment. The contractor is going to be paying directly to all those who are affected, and this we are committed to doing.

 

“This verification will  start Wednesday in Lagos, and of course, we have to make it very clear that 250 meters legally belong to the Federal Government. So if you have a title within these 250 meters and it’s not a title from Federal Government, then it is encumbrance, and only Mr. President can give a waiver if he feels so for the person to be paid.”

 

The meeting which was held via zoom in the Minister’s conference hall Mabushi-Abuja with the affected property  owners and other stakeholders, was in furtherance of the resolutions earlier  reached in the stakeholders engagement meeting held by the Minister of Works in Lagos on  11th April 2024 whereof opinions were ventilated from different groups of stakeholders and decisions were reached on the need for a review of the report on the enumeration by the Consultant on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the affected  areas.

 

The committee members were constituted to reflect  the different groups  of stakeholders,  including Lagos State Government, affected  Local Government  Areas Traditional Rulers, estate developers and residents, as well as professional  bodies.

 

Members of the committee included  Engr (Mrs) Olukorede Kesha (FCW, Lagos State)    –  Chairman, Rep. of Director, Bridges and Design.  –  Engr Oladele Sola, Rep of Honourable Minister of Works.  –  Barrister Joseph Ekumankama, Engr Olufemi Dare.  –   FMW, Lagos, ESIA Consultant.  –  Dr. Eugene Itua, Rep 1 ESIA.  –  Suv. Popoola Lateef, Rep 2 ESIA.   –   Emmanuel Eneh, Rep. of Oba Oniru.  –  Mr. Yemi Stephen, Rep. of Oba Elegushi.  –   Mrs. Peju Omotayo, Rep. of Oba Ojomu of Ajiran land.  – Hon. Jide Akintoye, Rep of Oba Onibeju of Ibeju  –  Mr Agbaje Adesegun, Rep. of Eti Osa Local Government. Adeola Adetoro, Rep. of Ibeju Lekki Local Government.  –  Hon. Moruf Isah, Olawale Ojikutu (Min of Lands, LASG)  –  Secretary, Rep. Of LASG Surveyor General.  –  Moyosore Faji, Rep. Min of Physical Planning LASG. – Kunle Bello, Rep 1 Hitech.     –       Mr. Willie and Rep 2 Hitech. Mr. Ashton

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