Abeokuta - The Ogun Government has commenced payment of compensation to the 469 farmers whose land are acquired for agricultural projects in Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government area of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ronke Sokefun, said this while supervising the payment of the compensation to the beneficiaries in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Sokefun said the compensation was for the farmers who lost their crops on the acquired land.
She thanked the beneficiaries for their cooperation for making their land available for food production.
The commissioner said that their efforts would assist the government achieve its aim of making the state sufficient in food production in no distant future.
Michael Waugh, the Managing Director, Free Range Farms, whose organisation would be using the acquired land for poultry farming, said the project would provide employment to over 2 000 people.
Waugh said that a scholarship scheme would be established for the indigenes of Imasayi as part of the company’s social responsibility.
The traditional ruler of Imasayi, Oba Gbadebo Oni, praised the state government for paying the compensation to the people, and assured the company of the support of the community.