In the aftermath of the plan towards the expansion of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road in the Oshodi area of the Lagos Mainland, the Lagos State Government has commenced the demolition of structures on the right of way.
Confirming the development, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said that the demolition commenced after the government had discussed with the stakeholders on the importance of the road expansion to the area and Nigeria as a whole.
“We secured their buy-in as the stakeholders adopted the development wholeheartedly. Statutory notices have been served and all identified structures marked. Thereafter, public notices were placed in two national newspapers to inform Lagosians about the project,” he said.
Ogunleye further stated that measures have been put in place to ensure that motorists and commuters do not experience undue inconvenience during the construction period as alternative routes which would be manned by LASTMA officials have been created.
On the issue of payment of compensation, the commissioner stated that the Lagos State Government was sincere about payment of compensation to those affected by projects carried out across the state.
“We have paid more than 90 per cent of persons affected in Mosafejo Oshodi, Abule Egba and Epe 1. We are presently paying Epe 2; and as for other areas such as Irede, Isawo, Igbogbo-Bayeku, Agege Pen Cinema, Oyingbo and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, we have started the compilation and very soon, payments will be made,” he added.
He, however, appealed to residents to bear with the State government during the period of reconstruction, explaining that “the project is aimed at delivering a world-class road network befitting an international gateway into Nigeria through Lagos State”.