Despite the harsh economic down turn, more than 450 people whose farms were affected by road construction in Osun received monetary compensations on Monday.
Three other people, who houses were affected by road construction in the rural areas, also collected key to a newly built house.
Handing over the monetary compensation and keys to the beneficiaries, Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the compensations were in fulfillment of government’s promise that people will not be burdened by developments on-going in the different parts of the state.
He handed over cheques of N28 million to 450 farmers, including some traditional rulers, whose farms were affected by construction of roads in the rural areas by Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP).
The three individuals who collected keys into their new houses worth N10 million include; Mr. Adebisi Dauda (Yinma Aba Village); Mrs. Comfort Odebode (Gbengbeleku Village) and Akinwale Oyetade (Gbengbeleku Village) all in the suburb of Ile-Ife.
Among those who also collected monetary compensations were traditional rulers, whose farms were also affected by construction.
They are Oba O. Fatanmi (Olura of Ira); Oba Olugbenga Omole (Olumukoro of Mokoro); Baale Bunmi Bamosun and an Evangelist, Makinde Samson.
Aregbesola said the administration will remain unwavering in its rural-urban integration in the state so as to open up the farms for easy transportation of farm produced.
According to the Governor, 500 kilometres of rural roads had been penciled down for construction out of which 225 kilometres has now been completed.
“It is our commitment to open up our rural areas and make life easy and comfortable for our farmers.
“This is why we are constructing the roads in other to make all our farms accessible.
“Besides, this roads will also make it easy for the farmers to transport their farm produce from farms to the market. This will boost commercial activities while alleviating the suffering of farmers as well.
“We intended to construct 500 kilometres of rural roads across the state. As we speak, we have constructed 225 kilometres and still going on.
“Those we gave compensation to are people whose property and farms were affected. We promised them that they will not suffer any hardship owing to the development in their domain.
“We have, by this payment of compensation, fulfilled our promise to them,” Aregbesola said.