INSIDEMAINLAND – Landowners and residents of the United Community Development Association, Isawo, in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos Mainland have expressed concern over the state government’s decision to stop work on the Isawo-Agric Road.
The landlords also claimed that the majority of people whose homes were demolished for the construction of the road had not yet received compensation from the government.
INSIDEMAINLAND gathered that the state administration had only reimbursed 25% of people whose buildings were affected.
Adisa Owolabi, the association’s chairman, noted that the road building began in 2017 during Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration and that after he left, the new administration issued the contract again.
In his words, “In 2019, after some sections of the road were cobbled, work stopped. When it rains like it does this period, we get cut off from Agric Bus Stop.
“Since then, other roads in Ikorodu like Ijede and Ipakodo, among others, have been commissioned, meanwhile, Isawo-Agric Road, which started before any of these roads, is still not completed.
“On the issue of compensation for those of us whose buildings were affected by the road project, many of us, including me, have not received cheques from the government.
“The Lagos State Government is not being fair to us because this road project should have been completed by now and also, some of those whose buildings were affected by the project are even dead now.”
Quadri Lateef, a fellow UCDA member, expressed disappointment that the government had yet to compensate him for having his home and his late wife’s land partially demolished during construction.
“They told us to come to Alausa with the necessary documents of our buildings and we also submitted our bank details and BVN to the Lagos State Government. We are appealing to Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure that our case is not swept under the carpet; the government should compensate us now,” He added.
Sunday Chris, another resident, claimed that using the road had become unsafe.
He said, “Two weeks ago, a snake bit a man who waded through the floodwater at the site of the Afa Bridge leading to Agric Bus Stop; there was also the case of a man who was being rushed to a hospital but died because they could not cross the flood.
“We appeal to the government to look into our plight and continue work on the road. Also, over 75 percent of us have not received our cheques.”
Olawuyi Oladimeji, a retired banker, slammed the government for being insensitive for failing to compensate the affected landlords, noting that those whose homes were demolished spent years constructing them.
Gbenga Omotosho, the Commissioner for information and strategy for Lagos State, vowed to ask the Ministry of Works about the project.