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Airport: Protesters Throng Ebonyi Govt House, Demand Compensation, Resettlement



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By Ayodele Oluwafemi

Protesters, on Monday, barricaded the entrance of the Ebonyi State Government house, Abakaliki, demanding for compensation over the demolition of their properties for the construction of the international airport in the state

The protesters, who are displaced persons in Ezza North and members of the Ebonyi State Human Rights Defenders, took their protest to the government house, while carrying placards with the inscriptions “We demand to be relocated and compensated”‘, “provide us alternative home”, “we reject injustice”, “Do not crush us, protect us”, “A call for alternative homes” and “Don’t render us homeless.”

Recall that the Ebonyi State Government, in a bid to site an international airport in the state, took over the lands of some communities in Ezza Local Government, leading to the demolition of houses in the affected communities.

Members of the affected communities, on several occasions, accused the state government of denying them compensation from their destroyed properties.

Speaking with journalists at the scene of protest, a widow, Mrs Ngozi Nwugo, who was affected by the demolition of houses, said that she has not received any form of compensation from the state government, stressing that her farmland were destroyed during the demolition for the airport.

Mrs Nwugo called on the Governor David Umahi to sympathetize with their situation and come to their aid.

Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to the state government, Dr. Emmanuel Offor Okorie said the state government would meet with the leaders of the communities to address the issues raised, noting that the government cannot negotiate with individuals.

“This way, you are taking it with not help them. Write and address it to me. I will take it up from there. We will meet with their Ezes and leaders of thoughts to address the issue. We do not meet with individuals, they must have leaders they trust,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the Legal Head of Ebonyi State Human Rights Defenders, Barr. Samson Ekigbo said it is illegal for government to demolish citizens’ properties for developmental project, without adequately compensating the people affected or providing better alternatives.

Barr. Ekigbo noted that the construction of the international airport has rendered the protesters homeless and frustrating, stressing that the Human Rights Defenders in Ebonyi State has deployed several approaches to ensure the government address the issue but availed nothing.

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