Railway Corporation begins demolition of houses at Agege
A visit to the area yesterday saw heavy weight caterpillars demolishing structures shortly after Pen Cinema down to Mangoro area where a lot of buildings including hospitals were pulled down.
Some residents who were ignorant of the demolition exercise had been inquisitive about the development. They were seen discussing in the matter in groups.
Resistant that would have followed the mass destruction could have been unprecedented but smiles were seen on the faces of some people who knew that necessary compensations have been fulfilled to owners of the structures.
A call to the Department of Public Relations, Nigeria Railways Corporation confirmed that the demolition being carried out is aimed at enabling NRC functions effectively through the provision of standard railroads.
Reacting, a middle aged man in the area popularly called, the doctor said: “These demolitions are being carried out by Nigeria Railway Corporation to pave way for the development coming into the system. I have an unsubstantiated notion that they intend to build their quarters in this area and if not, they may be having the intention of building modern rail with a lot of space and create a distance from the other buildings that are not part of their own”.
On the issue of compensation, he told The Guardian that, “I can emphatically say that they are reimbursing the owners of the buildings appropriately.
Depending on the status of the structure, house owners are collecting N30 million, N20 million, N10 million even N5 million. You can see the serenity that is greeting the demolition as no one is shouting, crying, or wailing or even regretting that his house has been pulled down.
This is evidence that people are being settled appropriately”, he said.
Another resident in the area, Daddy Uche also corroborated the ‘doctor’ that the owners of the buildings had been compensated without the NRC owing anybody.
He stated, “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”.
For Mr. Adigun Tayewo, a civil servant, he noted that what surprised him most is that as the demolition continues, no one is crying or regretting losing his house.
“This is very encouraging and I give Kudos to NRC for fine-tuning the area of compensation without causing any trouble”.
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