By Nofisat Marindoti
As part of his commitment to peoples’ welfare, Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has paid the sum of N40 million as compensation to persons affected by road construction in the rural areas.
The compensation payment and resettlement of the Project Affected Persons, PAPS, was done in conjunction with the Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project, O’RAMP.
Aregbesola who noted that his government is the first to do such compensation, urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the money.
Some of the affected persons were also given keys to new houses.
“It is only our party that you can trust, since we have been in power, since Awolowo’s time, we have always been the peoples government. Before now, we have used N60 million to compensate people under RAMP, now we are using N40m and this is only for those in the rural areas. For those in town, we have spent N1.58 billion. This is unprecedented in the State of Osun.”Aregbesola added.
In his speech, the Special Adviser to the Governor at the Office of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Ibirogba lauded the infrastructural legacy of Aregbesola.
According to him, “I will not finish this address without reiterating the acknowledgement of the unquantifiable support of the Government of the State of Osun for accepting and approving the payment of the compensation to all project affected person’s, PAPS, both on the corridor of the 308 km rural roads and resettlement of the family whose houses were affected by Aato-Ilawo Pilot roads. Mr Governor, we appreciate your kind gesture and human consideration given to our people.”