Akwa Ibom state government to compensate property owners in Mbiotto 11, Etinan

The commissioner for Works Ephraim Inyangeyen has announced that compensations to property owners in Mbiotto 11, in the ongoing Etinan road construction will be paid on Monday 21st May this year, while demolition is slated for Wednesday 23rd May.

According to Inyangeyen, who interacted with Planet News, the information is to ensure that affected persons vacate the marked property before Wednesday, to forestall claims that they were not informed early enough.

On the Ikot Obio Iko houses where protests have erupted on alleged refusal of the state government to pay compensation to houses situated on the roadside, the commissioner pointed out that the houses will be assessed on the second phase of the road construction, and due compensations will be disbursed.

Our correspondent Saviour Robert reports that, Inyangeyen says the state government only pays for houses that are directly on the right of way in all its First Phase compensations, in order to minimise work pressure. According to the works commissioner, in the Second Phase, the government revisits the roads, ascertains the houses that will deface the road, and those that are dangerously on the road, and pays for them.

On individuals who deliberately erect houses on right of way to attract fraudulent compensations, the commissioner warned such persons to desist, as government will not pay anyone found culpable of the act.

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