The Lagos State Government has assured residents and stakeholders of Ikotun Road of adequate compensation on the proposed removal of their structures to give way to the Bus Terminus construction at the ever-busy Ikotun.
The state government said the construction is in continuation of the proposed modern smart city currently embarked upon by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu.
Speaking at a Stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday in Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Okanla Salako, said: “For a modern city to come up, there is need to change the face of the state, hence the plan of the state government is to allow some structures give way to allow the modern terminus as being proposed by the Sanwoolu-led administration to take shape.”
The Commissioner also said the present administration would never remove any structure before informing the stakeholders, but maintained that since the inception of the administration, Sanwoolu had mandated that there should be stakeholders’ meetings before removal of any structure.
This, according to Salako, would enable the state government and the stakeholders rub minds and proffer solutions, which would be in the overriding public interest.
He said: “This Government has a human face.
“We do not just wake up and bring down people’s structures erected with their hard-earned money.”
He emphasised that the Lagos State Government would compensate as long as there are evidence and proof that the identified structures belong to the people.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, Hon. Morenike Adesina Williams urged all affected property owners to bring any proof of ownership to the office of the Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
She added that affected owners without any proof of ownership should take photographs of their property and bring it to his office for verification and assured them that adequate time would be given to them.
According to her: “The project is in fulfillment of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s promise of rehabilitating all road networks in the State and ensuring even development across the State.
“I just want to implore our people to cooperate with the contractors and at the end, we will all benefit from the dividends of democracy.
“I can assure you that the Lagos State Government would never do anything without engaging those concerned and whatever we do is for the overriding public interest and benefit.”
Williams added that the project is for the benefit of the people in Ikotun and the entire Lagos State.