Barring any last minute changes, four popular filling stations on Ikorodu road, Lagos Mainland, will be demolished by the Lagos State Government to make way for fresh developments in the axis, InsideMainland can authoritatively report.
InsideMainland reliably gathered that four filling stations including Oando branch at Maryland and Idiroko, Mobil at Maryland and Conoil along Anthony, Ikorodu road will be demolished by the government to make way for a road expansion and the construction of new BRT lanes and parks.
At the moment, the filling stations have been marked for demolition by the officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development with some businesses occupying the properties already shut down.
In addition, some of the businesses had already laid off staff members owing to the effect of the development on their operations.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a source at one of the affected filling stations told InsideMainland that the government officials first visited the location in August 2018 before returning later to shut the branch, marking it for demolition.
“When they came, they were taking measurements while people were going about their activities. It was only after they challenged that we realized they were from the government,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the stations were officially shut on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, with the operations of the businesses on the properties completely shut down. Also affected in the process is the Maryland branch of popular restaurant, Chicken Republic as the company had already removed its sign post and other brand materials from the location.
“They first marked some portions on the buildings and later used caution tapes to prevent access. They were joined by some policemen to enforce the action.
“A lot of people working at the restaurant were asked to leave by their manager since there is no place to work any longer. If you were here last week, you will meet people wailing while they remove their belongings from the place,” the source narrated.
Meanwhile, more than two weeks after the filling stations were marked for demolition and shut by the government, the members of staff of Oando filling station at Maryland returned to work yesterday, Monday, September 17, 2018.
A top source at the branch told InsideMainland that the government opened the place briefly to allow the company sell off its existing petroleum products before totally enforcing the shutdown.
However, the government might face a stiff challenge in actualizing its plans on the new project as owners of the property occupied by Mobil, Maryland branch is set to take the government to court.
“It is a sad situation but we were informed few days after the shut down that the owners of the property will challenge the government in court,” a source said.
When InsideMainland contacted the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye for comment, the calls were not returned as at press time.
Meanwhile, a top official of the Ministry confirmed to InsideMainland that the filling stations and some other properties on the axis will be demolished.
According to the source, “the demolition is for a government project. There is no cause for alarm or panic among Lagosians and residents of the axis. The owners of the properties are aware of the development and will be compensated accordingly where necessary.”