Lagos to assess properties in ljegun-Ijagemo road project for compensation
The Lagos State government has said the construction of Ijegun-Ijagemo road in Alimosho Local Council will be preceded by delivering Right of Way (RoW) and assessment of affected properties for compensation purposes.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Alausa, said the essence of engaging beneficiaries of the proposed road project was to pass correct and adequate information on the modalities for the establishment of the Right of Way and other connected issues.
Bamgbose-Martins said: “Part of the process of establishing the RoW is the serving of statutory notices and marking of affected properties by staff of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and assessment visits by the Lands Bureau towards the payment of compensation.”
The Commissioner, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluwole Sotire, stated that information about the process leading to the construction of the road had been published in the national dailies, in line with regulations guiding the delivery of RoW.
He said the proposed road construction, which is in furtherance of the agenda of the government, would be instrumental to the socio-economic development of host communities by improving accessibility and the environment.
” It is inspiring that the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is setting direction for the State’s development with iconic projects such as, the light rail, tagged the Lagos Red and Blue Lines, the Imota Rice mill and the Dangote Fertiliser plant and Eleko-Epe road among others, including the new fire station in Ijegun corridor.
“The construction of Ijegun-Ijagemo Road, no doubt, adds to the retinue of roads that the administration has either completed or embarked upon across the length and breadth of Lagos State to take development to the next logical level of attaining a world-class city-state,” he said.
The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, who was represented by the Director Road Construction and Rehabilitation, Tokunbo Oyenuga, said that the Lagos State government was determined to deliver a durable five kilometres dual carriageway in the Ijegun-Ijagemo corridor through the ongoing project and enjoined the people to give their support to realise this aim within the stipulated time.
She urged them to assume ownership of the project and protect it for posterity.
On his part, Deji Ige of the Lagos State Lands Bureau urged those whose property would be affected by road construction to tidy their documents and submit to the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Lands Bureau to allow the government make considerations for compensation.
General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency (LASPEMA), Daisi Oso, said that members of the project host communities should discourage all forms of encroachment on road setbacks, adding that set-backs serve the purpose of protecting the road.
Speaking on behalf of the communities, the Onijegun of Ijegun Kingdom, Oba Nureni Akinremi Olomitutu and Baale Ijagemo, Chief Jimoh Balogun thanked the Lagos State Government for bringing the project to their domains, while pleading for the execution of its second phase.