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FG to demolish more houses on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, promises compensation

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The Federal Government yesterday said more houses would be demolished to make way for an interchange and flyovers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Director of Highways, South-West, Funsho Adebiyi, who disclosed this during a tour of the ongoing Federal Government projects in the zone, however assured of adequate compensation before the demolition.

According to him, 75 buildings were already marked for demolition at the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp for the project, while more houses will also go after the compilation.

He stressed that the Ministry of Works and Housing is already working with consultants for the purpose, while there is ongoing negotiations with traditional community and religious leaders within the affecting area.

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Adebiyi, however, appealed to communities along the Loto axis, where the interchange will be located to co-operate with the contractors to ensure smooth and timely completion of the project.

He also stressed that a flyover Bridge will be located at Kilometre 16 near Mountain Top University and Kilometre 31 just behind the RCCG camp.

The director further stressed that the interchange at Loto axis was to allow easier connection from the ongoing Lagos-Abeokuta road to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Expressing contentment with the quality and pace of work on the Trunk A Road by the contractors, Adebiyi urged motorists to bear with the ministry for the little discomfort on the road and assured of the willingness of the government to deliver on time.

He said that work on Section A of the 43-kilometre road stretching from Ojota to Sagamu interchange had reached 41 per cent completion.

Also, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, assured that the February 2020 completion date of the Kara section of the road is sacrosanct as the contractors are capitalising on the clement weather to speed up works on the axis.

He appealed to motorists to exercise patience and drive within the 50 kilometres per hour speed limit at the construction site to quicken vehicular movement along the diversion.

On the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway, Adebiyi said that 21 per cent of the 30.5 kilometres stretch had been completed.

He identified indiscriminate parking on the completed side, indiscipline by motorists and the topography of the soil as major challenges.

The director said the ministry would liaise with traffic authorities to put a stop to the menace because of its effect on the lifespan of the road.

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