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Property owners in Somolu to get compensation for road project

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The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to compensate property owners affected by the reconstruction of Fadipe road project in Somolu Local Government Area. To meet up with the delivery date, government is also seeking the cooperation of residents of the community.

Senior government officials said, the Lands Bureau of the state would be contacted for payment of affected property owners within the Right of Way (RoW) of the project, as the process of payment of compensation was part of the package.

Speaking during the Stakeholders’ meeting with residents of Somolu in Alausa, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako stated that the meeting was convened to sensitise stakeholders on the reconstruction and chart path for sustainable physical and socio-economic development of the area.

The project, which was awarded to Righteous Construction Company Nigeria Limited in 2018, is a single carriageway with 16metres width and 480metres in length. The project upon completion is expected to have stone-paved surface materials, covered drains and culverts, service ducts, longitudinal and traverse side ducts as well as streetlights.

Dr. Salako who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Foluso Dipe explained that the existing road would be upgraded to a modern infrastructure and would provide many benefits to the people. These he said include, improved aesthetic value of the area, better connectivity index, high rental and capital value as well as serve as a boost to the socio-cultural interaction and evolution of the Somolu residents.

He urged residents of the area to cooperate with the contractor in actualizing the project as it was intended to provide succor to the people. The commissioner charged members of the community to bear with some form of inconveniences that the road construction could bring about, saying that with the cooperation of the people, the project should be completed within the stipulated time.

“I want to reiterate that this project is your project which you all need to rally round and see to fruition. Therefore, it is in the paramount interest of members of the community to jealously guide and monitor the facility for it to serve us for long” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Olujimi Hotonu, who was represented by the Director Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation, Lateef Somide, said that the road upon completion is expected to address the current distressed state of the road and make the area more livable in line with the vision of a mega city.
Some of the residents who spoke at the forum, Mr. Abiola Alade, Onipede Adebayo and Anthony Idowu expressed their support for the project, saying that it would improve the lot of the people.

They however, urged the government to include speed breakers in the project design, as the road is a bye-pass to other major roads in the area. The residents also advised the contractor and other parties to the project to keep to the actual completion date and ensure that affected property owners, and religious houses in the area are well compensated.


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