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Shock as Railway Corporation begins demolition of houses at Agege

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has begun demolition of structures along its track corridors at Pen Cinema, Agege, Lagos Mainland in line with its new vision of giving the people best rail transport system.

The construction workers of the NRC were seen in the community with heavy weight caterpillars demolishing structures shortly after Pen Cinema down to Mangoro area, yesterday, Wednesday, February, 6, 2019.

During the demolition, the workers pulled down a lot of buildings including hospitals and other structures.

It was gathered that some residents who were ignorant of the demolition exercise were left with mixed feelings over the non resistance to the discovery.

Guardian reported that some house owners affected in the demolition have been compensated by the NRC.

According to a resident, identified as Daddy Uche, he told Guardian that the owners of the buildings had been compensated without the NRC owing anybody.

“The issue of bureaucracy does not come into play in the settlement as the victims are promptly paid and this is why there is no negative reaction or people gathering together to lament on the demolition. Everything is just peaceful as if nothing is happening,” he said.

Another resident, Mr. Adigun Tayewo, a civil servant, said that; “This is very encouraging and I give kudos to NRC for fine-tuning the area of compensation without causing any trouble”.

Meanwhile, a resident, Samson Oloyede, told InsideMainland that the mass demolition was communicated to the residents prior to pulling down the houses.

According to him, the NRC had visited the community on different occasions including having stakeholder meetings with residents to determine compensation and when it will be paid.



Idris Aina
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