The management of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta the Ogun state capital have paid N190 million compensation to villagers from 14 villages whose land were acquired by the hospital for extension of the Medical center and construction of a proposed University of Medicine in the state.
The sum of N190 million was given to over 600 beneficiaries across the 14 villages where the 170 hectares of land were acquired.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Musa Olomu while speaking during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries at a brief ceremony held at Bureau of Land Secretariat, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta said that the compensation was given to the families based on the worth of the crops and buildings on the acquired land.
He said “We are paying N190 million to about 616 families and the compensation was given in two phases, that is crops and economic trees and unexhausted improvement.”
Olomu praised the Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun for supporting the medical centre with the 170 hectares of land which according to him worth N5.2 billion naira free of charge.
He added that the medical centre will create opportunities and employment for the families of the villagers whenever it begins operations on the land.
He said “When we begin operation here, I promise that many families of the communities would benefit whether I’m still the director or not, you can be rest assured that opportunities and employment would be created for you”.
Also speaking at the event the pioneer commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ade Abolurin urged the villagers to see beyond the monetary compensation by seeing it as a way of supporting the government to enhance development, rather than opportunity to make money, as the money is nothing compared to development that will come with the project.