Ekiti Knowledge Zone: EKSG commences payment of compensation to owners of 955 hectares Of Land Acquired

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The Ekiti State government on Monday paid financial compensation to some landowners whose lands were acquired recently for the establishment of the Ekiti Knowledge Zone. At the brief ceremony of presentation of Cheques to the affected beneficiaries, the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said a total 955 hectares of land was acquired for the zone adding that Monday’s compensation, which was the first tranche, was for the five hectares to be used for the UBEC Model School.

The governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr Biodun Omoleye noted that he was fulfilling the promise he made during a consultative meeting he held with representatives of the landowners from the area.

Dr Fayemi explained that the ‘Pay as You Acquire’ model was adopted so that payments can be done in phases as utilization arises. He also highlighted the uniqueness of the “Pay as you use“ model to include removal of the usual bottlenecks, inefficiency, and unnecessary delay associated with the payment of compensation to landowners, as well as enhancing prudent management of government resources. The governor disclosed that contractors who would handle the model school have been mobilized to site, adding that the work would be completed in record time.

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He said further, “You will recall that on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, I held a consultative meeting with the representatives of landowners of Ekiti Knowledge Zone from Ijan Ekiti. I gave my word then that they will be adequately and fairly compensated for their produce on land acquired for Ekiti Knowledge Zone in strict compliance with the Land Use Act.

“We are here today to strengthen the bond and put smiles on the faces of our farmers whose crops and other farm produce were affected by the model school project development. We are practicing what we preach by putting our words into action. Indeed, we are walking the talk!

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“The Ekiti Knowledge Zone project is on course. For the model school, contractors have been mobilised and work has commenced at the site. I assure you all that this project like every other project will receive adequate attention and will be completed on schedule. Despite the global economic realities, we are on the move and the Ekiti state of our dream is in focus. With your support and cooperation, we are going to achieve the desired dreams for our dear state.

“I must commend the management of the Ekiti Knowledge Zone for the “Pay as You Use” model of compensation that was proposed and adopted for the EKZ project, which avails us the opportunity and privilege of compensating the owners of the 5 hectares being used for the model school now.

“The uniqueness of the “pay as you use” model of compensation is two-fold. The usual bottlenecks, inefficiency, and unnecessary delay associated with the payment of compensation to farm owners have been erased completely. The model will also enhance the prudent management of government resources. Instead of using billions of naira that may not come handy at the immediate to pay compensation for 1,000 hectares of land which may not be completely utilised in years, it is novel and sensible to acquire and pay for what you need at the immediate.

“This implies that compensation for the acquired 955 hectares of land for Ekiti knowledge zone will be done in phases as utilisation arises. As a government that wants both urban and rural development, we are proud to toe this line and we determined to sustain this developmental drive.”

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While congratulating those who received the first tranche of compensation, Dr Fayemi urged the beneficiaries to utilise the fund judiciously and purposefully.

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A total of ten beneficiaries received various sum of money from the government.

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The Boutique Hotel Under Gudou Holdings Co., Ltd. Further Expands to Panyu District, Guangzhou— Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence Officially Opens on 10 February 2021

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 February 2021 - Gudou Holdings Limited ("Gudou Holdings" or "Company", which together with its subsidiaries, is referred to as the "Group", SEHK stock code: 8308), is pleased to announce that Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence, the Group's first boutique hotel project in Panyu District, Guangzhou City, has officially opened on 10 February 2021.

Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence has 33 guest rooms, including 2 two-bedroom suites and 3 three-bedroom suites. The design is modelled on one of the ancient Lingnan (southern Chinese) architectural style, "Guanyindou", which features the shape of two handles of a wok on either sides of the roof of a building in the ancient town of Shawan, Panyu. Carrying on the tradition of the "Gudou" brand, the hotel organizes one-stop leisure and entertainment activities and are installed with comprehensive facilities to provide a new experience for tourists who prefer to enjoy the finer things in life in the traditional ambience.

Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence is conveniently located in the Hills Ecool Creative Park in Panyu, which occupies a total site area of​​340,000 square meters at the southern tip of Panyu District. The hotel is easily accessible by a developed network of roads around the Hills, including South China Expressway, Xinguang Express, Nansha Port Express and other highways. Therefore, it is easy to travel from the hotel to Zhujiang New Town in Guangzhou, and thus elsewhere in the Pearl River Delta. It takes five minutes to reach the Chimelong Paradise, and the Blessing Colorful World within easy reach. The Clifford Station on Metro Line 21 will also be opened in 2021 and it is only an about 10-minute walk from the hotel. In the Panyu Golden Valley Eko Creative Park, a head office for environmental operation of business and a district for shopping and leisure will be built. Such plan has earned the park a reputation as "China's Number One Low-Carbon Community". The rising occupancy rates of the office buildings in Panyu will also mean an increase in business travelers who, in turn, can drive up the occupancy rates of the hotel and the spending there.

There are many well-known tourist attractions near Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence, including Chimelong Paradise, Blessing Colorful World, Dafu Mountain Forest Park, Lianhua Mountain Tourist Area, Shawan Ancient Town and IKEA Store, which is popular with young people. The Evergrande Football Stadium, which can seat 100,000 spectators, is also expected to be completed in 2022 and will be able to accommodate tourists who stay in Guangzhou for two days and one night.

Mr. HON Chi Ming, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Group, said, "The Group is very satisfied and encouraged by the opening of the Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence. The hotel is conveniently located in an area where there are comprehensive facilities. Therefore, the area is expected to attract a large number of tourists. Since the apartment hotel has already been renovated and equipped with upgraded facilities and soft furnishings, not much more capital will be required for putting the hotel in operation in a short time. This means cost-effectiveness at the hotel and can quickly responding to the trend of tourism recovery. Looking ahead, tourism property development will remain the focus of the Group's business development. Specifically, we will actively expand our tourism property business in Guangdong Province, provide more quality services to meet customer needs, and increase investors' awareness of Gudou Holdings' brand. All this is aimed at creating better returns."


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