Government To Pay Additional N7.13Bn For Coastal Highway Demolitions


The Federal Government has announced it will pay an additional N7.13 Billion in compensation for properties demolished to build the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.


This was revealed by the Minister of Works, David Umahi, during a press briefing in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.


Umahi stated that the government had already paid N2.7 Billion in compensation and that this new payment brings the total to nearly N10 Billion.


He explained that the demolition of structures along the highway is still ongoing and that compensation is a way to assist those affected, even if they built illegally.


The Minister emphasised that while building regulations must be followed, the president prioritises the welfare of the people, hence the compensation payments.


Umahi addressed claims by the owner of Landmark property in Lagos, who alleged his buildings were demolished. He challenged the owner to make his property documents public.


He clarified that Landmark’s properties were not demolished and that efforts were made to save significant buildings, including one belonging to a former local government chairman in Lagos.


Umahi also highlighted that Landmark’s properties were preserved because they were outside the demolition zone, not because of any personal bias.


The Minister suggested that if Landmark claims to employ Two Million people and generate significant revenue, tax authorities should ensure he is paying the appropriate taxes.


The ongoing demolitions and compensation efforts show the government’s commitment to developing infrastructure while also supporting affected citizens and ensuring adherence to building laws.

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