Residents threaten to disrupt Oyo-Ogbomoso road construction over ‘unpaid N2.8bn compensation’

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Some owners of structures affected by the ongoing construction of the Oyo-Ogbomoso road in Oyo state say they’re being owed a total of N2.8 billion as compensation.

The federal government had, in October 2021, approved funds for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to take over the reconstruction of 21 federal roads — including the Oyo-Ogbomoso road project.

According to a statement issued on Thursday on behalf of the structure owners by Lekan Ajagbe, Tijani Abdulrasheed and Grace Bello, the residents said the takeover of their structures for the construction of the road dates back to 2011.

The residents, however, said recent information from the federal ministry of works indicated that the state government would be responsible for the payment of the outstanding compensation.

They insisted that the federal government should look into completing the “outstanding compensation of N2,862,014,490.30”, since some of the structure owners affected by the construction of the road had been paid earlier.

The affected structure owners also threatened to disrupt the ongoing construction of the road if the federal government fails to take action regarding the said compensation.