Lagos state set to demolish 69 buildings

The Lagos State Government is  to  destroy  no fewer than 69 buildings  along Kosoko Road in  Ojodu-Berger  area of the state for the expans...

The Lagos State Government is  to  destroy  no fewer than 69 buildings  along Kosoko Road in  Ojodu-Berger  area of the state for the expansion of the road  into a dual  carriageway.

The Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, however, said  on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting on  the reconstruction of the road the owners of the  buildings would be compensated by the government.

He said the project was aimed at improving the beauty of the area, which he described as the gateway to the state.

He urged the residents to cooperate with the government officials that would carry out the  demolition exercise, as well as the project contractor.

Ogunleye   urged the residents  to endure the inconveniences the road construction would cause them,  saying  the project would add value to businesses and properties in the area upon completion.

He said, “The design work has been done. The road will be expanded from a single carriageway into a double carriageway. The state government places high premium on the participation of its citizens in any developmental project within the state.

“In the days to come, there is bound to be some discomfort. Some structures will be affected. However, those structures will be evaluated and compensation will be paid. The process of compensation is ongoing. Whatever evidence you have will be accepted for the compensation.”

The Project Director, AIL Infrastructures Limited, which is handling the construction, Ifeoluwa Afolayan,  said, “From the preliminary delineation, about 69 houses and a few fences will come down. The execution of the project will be for nine months, from the time the site is handed over to the contractor by the ministry. The length of the road is 800 metres and the width is about 22 metres.”

A landlord and hotelier in the area, Dr Uzor Okafor, lamented the project would take part of his property and render him jobless throughout the construction period.

He urged the government and the contractor to ensure timely completion of the road.

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