The Lagos State Government on Thursday explained why some structures have to be removed to fix roads in the state.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, on the reconstruction of Remi Oyefiade Street in Eti Osa Local Government Area of the state, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said such was necessary not only for the development of the state but also for the upgrade of the standard of living of the people.
According to him; “There is no way we will do road, drainages, walkways and not remove certain aspect of the road, except you just want us to fill the road and we leave, but this is not government standard. We must have drainages at the sides and we must do standard work, hence the reason we have to remove those structures that are on the right of way.”
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Boladele Dapo-Thomas, Ogunleye noted that there is no way they will do the road without removal of structures.
“For the contractor to actualize all they have planned, there is no way structures will not be removed because the structures are on the spaces the roads are meant to expand to.
To expand the road in Remi Oyefiade Street in Eti Osa Local Government Area of the state, the structures to be removed has been marked already, so there is no way the structures will not be removed because they are on the space for the road.”
He noted that the meeting is to sensitise residents to know if they are ready for the project, for the development to be brought to their area.
He assured the property owners whose structures will go with the road construction that they will be compensated.
“We serve as consultants and as consultants, we only deliver the right of way, we would require that you submit necessary papers if there are any on any of your structures that would be removed. We would forward all the papers to the Lands Bureau because everyone of us have our mandate. Ours is to deliver the right of way, theirs is to enumerate, take inventory and arrange payment of compensation where applicable.,” he said.
Noting that the project is to provide infrastructural development to the community, Ogunleye urged residents to collaborate with the state government and the contractor to actualize the project.
“We urge you to bear with us as some form o inconvenience will be experienced while the road is being constructed, ” she said.
The Project Coordinator Contractor for the reconstruction, Alpha and Gold International Limited, Wale Logunleko, said the fixing of the road will commence any time from now, seeking the corporation od residents to get the project completed.
Chairman Remi Oyefiade Street Resident Association, Prince Matthew Ahianba, thank the state government on the repair of the road, saying it shows that they have not been forgotten.
“When there is no gain, there is no pain. We are ready for the pain because we see the gain ahead. The value of our properties will be enhanced, our standard of living too will be enhanced and our cars will no longer be damaged as it used to be due to the current poor state of the road,” he said.