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Demolition: Dickson approves N500m compensation for property owners

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Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate disbursement of N500m as compensation to owners of buildings marked for demolition in the state. Dickson said the compensation would pave the way for the construction of the second flyover bridge in the Tombia/Etegwe area of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. The governor, who gave the order on Saturday during the on-the-spot-assessment of the project sites, urged those whose property would be affected to bear with the government.

He appealed to the affected property owners to see the development as a necessary sacrifice for the ongoing infrastructural development of the state. Dickson noted that the demolition would take place in three weeks’ time. He added, “Government is not under any obligation to pay the market value of properties to be demolished but rather was obliged by law to pay what is fair, adequate and prompt in terms of compensation. “I have asked the agencies of government to begin the disbursement of N500m for the compensation.

And I want to urge all those who will be affected to cooperate with the agencies that will handle that process from next week, so that in the next two or three weeks, the contractors can move in to begin the demolition and site preparation for this important work. “The team that will begin the payment of the compensation will get cracking soon. And even if what you think the compensation is not up to what you expect, accept it in good faith.” In his assessment report, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, said the construction of the facility at Etegwe Roundabout was intended to ease traffic in the area due to the adjoining roads.

Article Credit: PUNCH Newspaper

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