|Ekiti Airport Project Suspended Over Tension Generated By Destruction Of Farm Land, As Plantation Farmer Dies Of Shock|
much talked about Ekiti Airport project is on hold.|
And this move is attributed to 'the tension generated by the destruction of
economic trees on the land - and death of an oil plantation farmer, Tijani
Hakeem due to shock'.
The state government is said to have suspended activities on site to pave way
for peace via improved talks with stakeholders douse tension.
Better details are available in this reproduced report.
|Even before its take-off, the proposed Ekiti airport project has allegedly
claimed its first casualty.|
An oil palm plantation farmer, Tijani Hakeem, reportedly died from shock after
his farm was destroyed by bulldozers.
The Nation gathered exclusively in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday that
the government decided to stop the project for now, following the tension
generated by the destruction of economic trees on the land.
A meeting was held with traditional rulers, community leaders and families in
the five villages affected.
The communities affected are Igbemo, Igbogun, Aso Ayegunle, Ijan and Araromi
Obbo spanning three local government areas of Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ado and
Secretary of Iwajo Family Oso Olorunfemi, who spoke after the meeting, said the
Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Taelolu Otitoju, promised to hold an
enlarged meeting on the development.
He added that Otitoju, who conveyed the agreement reached to Fayose through a
telephone chat, agreed that work on the site would stop for now, pending more
meetings with interest groups.
Olorunfemi said aggrieved land owners and families met with the Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of Works, Ademiloye Fasiku, who appealed to them to
maintain peace and promised that bulldozers would be withdrawn for now.
He said Fasiku sympathised with them on the economic trees and crops destroyed.
Olorunfemi said: “It is unfortunate that an oil palm plantation owner, Tijani
Hakeem, died from shock, following the destruction of his economic trees and
“The lives of these people depend on their plantations and we have told the
government repeatedly that the land is not a virgin land.
“The government officials were made to understand that there is nothing they
can give us that is meaningful except adequately compensating us.
“We told them we should be allowed to harvest the crops before anything is done
on the land and see what has just happened now. If they insist on laying claim
to the land, we must be put on notice and be compensated and relocated
“Apart from the economic trees, we have a shrine and sacred trees on the land
and our people are threatening to attack government agents with bees and
“This battle is not about gun or cutlass and now that it has involved a human
life, it is better they stop doing anything on the land for now, until all
issues are resolved satisfactorily.”
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