Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway: FG Begins N2.75bn Compensation Payment To Property Owners

Minister of Works, Da­vid Umahi, has disclosed that the Federal Govern­ment has commenced the payment of N2.75 billion compensation to property owners affected by the con­struction of the Lagos-Cal­abar coastal highway, spanning from channel 0 to channel 3.

Umahi made this disclo­sure during a stakehold­ers’ meeting in Lagos, on Wednesday.

While presenting dummy cheques to some property owners along the Lagos end of the road project, Umahi said the Federal Govern­ment has put a “human face” to the construction of the project by compensating affected property owners.

He added that the Feder­al Government changed the project route to save some properties.

“We have rerouted a number of places. At the ocean view, we saved 168 very beautiful duplexes. We have to go back to the shoreline.

“So, I wish to flag off the compensation from channel 0 to channel 3 with a total sum of N2.75 billion. That is very ambitious,” he said.

The minister said prop­erty owners who would be compensated would receive the money before 1p.m today so that contractors can com­mence work.

He said government has identified the owners of the affected property, adding that more compensation is expected to be paid in the coming days.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Keisha Olu­korede, said the compensa­tion will be done in phases.

The property owners, who were compensated, are those who have structures within channels 0 and 3 of the project.


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