Adiyan Water Projects: OGHA Seeks Compensation For Property Owners

In its efforts to ensure seamless delivery of infrastructural projects devoid of hardship on the people, the Ogun State House of Assembly has urged the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Water Resources and Chairman, Lagos-Adiyan Right of Way Implementation Committee  Project, Engr. Kunle Otun to engage his Lagos State counterpart with a view to reviewing implementation of the right of way for the construction of the Lagos State Water Works project, Phase II situated at Adiyan and provision of compensation to all affected property owners in Ogun State.

The State House of Assembly’s Committee on Water Resources, Energy, Oil and Gas led by Hon. Bashir Abdul made the appeal during a strategic meeting with the Special Adviser on Water Resouurces at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Chairman, House Committee on water Resources, Energy Oil and Gas Hon. Bashir Abdul, in company of other lawmakers during the meeting sought for the swift intervention of the State Government to immediately ensure more compassionate reduction on the right of way from the existing 55 metres width along the 8km stretch of the project, with due consideration and timely compensation for residents and business owners, whose properties would pave way for the construction of the project in the State.

In his remarks, Engr. Otun explained that the parcel of land Ceded to Lagos State Government and those acquired by government for the water project decades ago, were gazetted in 1991, and had been encroached upon illegally by the present occupants.

He added that the Right of Way was iniatially 120metres width at the stage of documentation which had been reduced to 55metres on compassionate ground by government to reduce the effect on the illegal occupier.

He however Promised that the committee would further engage the representatives of the affected people  in the implementation process of the project, the Special Adviser assured that the State Water Corporation would improve on its operations to ensure access to portable water across the State.

Similarly, House Committee on Public Account and Anti Corruption led by its Chairman Hon. Musefiu Lamidi, continued his meeting with Ministries and Departments whose are Audit Reports from the Auditors General are questionable.

It was turn of Tai Solarin University of Education led by its Vice Chancellor Professor Abayomi Arigbabu.

The Committee frowned at the Conduct of the former Bursar of the institution Mr Odusanya going through the report of the Auditors General for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 fiscal year.