The Lagos State government has begun the payment of compensation to owners of properties that gave way for Right of Way (RoW) for the various construction works across the state.
Over N6 billion has been set aside for the payment, which is being handled by the state’s Land Bureau at Alausa in Ikeja, the state capital.
The exercise will run till May 11 at Alausa before it returns to various zones in the state for continuation as over 100,000 recipients are involved.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Oluwakemi Olanrewaju, said the process had been transparent and “everything has been alright”, TheNation writes.
According to him, an official writes the amount to be paid on a piece of paper upon verification of the required documents, and then the recipient is told to expect credit alert within a few days.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule, said over N5 billion will be disbursed.
She said: “All we need is to confirm that you are the authentic owner of the property. We use your bank BVN number also for identification.”
Mrs Onabule noted that to arrive at the amount to be paid to individuals, the government involved members of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), including its land and field officers in the Lands Bureau, to assist it.
Also, the Permanent Secretary for Lands Bureau, Bode Agoro, called on claimants to be patient as the money for the payment of compensation had been approved and saved in a bank.