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Airport project : Oba people demand compensation

Airport project : Oba people demand compensation

By Phil Okose, Onitsha

Leaders of Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State are still spoiling for a showdown with the state government over the relocation of the airport site from its land to Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area by the Willie Obiano administration.

Orient Daily gathered that the community has formally demanded for compensation over the Oba airport land earlier designated for the project.

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Addressing newsmen on their grievances on behalf of the community, Prince Nuel Ezenwa, said there were three projects which Governor Obiano pledged to execute in Oba which included the payment of compensation for the acquisition of the Oba airport land, the Anambra International market and road projects that would include two bridges to link up with their neighbours.

“I believe we were deprived of a lot of issues that included the Anambra State airport land, over 530 hectares of land acquired years back but till date, the financial credit to acquire land by government has not been paid since the land was acquired for Oba airport, today it is a different picture.

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“First and foremost, when you acquire land you must have to pay the necessary compensation to the land owners but when the land issue is not sorted out, government is supposed to have paid at least 10 per cent and there is a formula in working out the economic trees. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to come into contact with the figure, it is quite a lot of money for the common village land owners.

“The governor knows where the shoe pinches, he is aware of our problems, what we have related to him and we believe in this his second tenure he will make amends,” he said.

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