Osogbo—Landlords whose buildings in Osogbo, Osun state capital were demolished by the state government in its road reconstruction projects in 2012 yesterday protested to the state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi-Laoye Tomori over the non-payment of their compensation.
The irate landlords stormed Laro-Timehin Middle School, Isale Osun, Osogbo where the deputy governor was attending to an event displaying placards with various inscriptions calling on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to pay them the compensation without further delay.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mrs. Funke Afolabi said their buildings were demolished in 2012 and that the governor had in June, 2012 invited the affected landlords and ladies to the State House at Oke-Fia where he promised to pay them after the governorship election in the state.
Afolabi said “when Governor Aregbesola invited us to the government house, he said there was no money to pay us but promised to pay us after the election in 2014. We are angry because he has not kept his promise now that government has the money to pay.”
The affected buildings according to Afolabi were located at Ayetoro, Igbona, Old-garage, M.D.S, Fakunle and Ajegunle areas of Osogbo stressing that the compensation is running to about N2 billion.
The protesters therefore expressed displeasure over the governor’s decision to pay claimants whose houses are yet to be demolished while denying them, whose houses had been demolished since 2012 their compensation.
Wielding placards bearing inscriptions like: “Ogbeni, please pay us our compensation”, “We want justice, so, Ogbeni, be just and fair,” the protesters almost distrupted the payment of compensation to other claimants affected by the new reconstruction at Orita Olaiya/Asubiaro/Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan road in Osogbo.