The Lagos State Government is to destroy no fewer than 69 buildings along Kosoko Road in Ojodu – Berger area of the state for the expansion of the road into a dual carriageway .
The Commissioner , Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development , Mr Rotimi Ogunleye , however, said on Tuesday at a stakeholders ’ meeting on the reconstruction of the road the owners of the buildings would be compensated by the government .
He said the project was aimed at improving the beauty of the area , which he described as the gateway to the state.
He urged the residents to cooperate with the government officials that would carry out the demolition exercise , as well as the project contractor .
Ogunleye urged the residents to endure the inconveniences the road construction would cause them , saying the project would add value to businesses and properties in the area upon completion .
He said , “ The design work has been done .
The road will be expanded from a single carriageway into a double carriageway .
The state government places high premium on the participation of its citizens in any developmental project within the state.
“ In the days to come, there is bound to be some discomfort .
Some structures will be affected. However , those structures will be evaluated and compensation will be paid .
The process of compensation is ongoing. Whatever evidence you have will be accepted for the compensation. ”
The Project Director, AIL Infrastructures Limited , which is handling the construction , Ifeoluwa Afolayan , said , “ From the preliminary delineation , about 69 houses and a few fences will come down .
The execution of the project will be for nine months , from the time the site is handed over to the contractor by the ministry .
The length of the road is 800 metres and the width is about 22 metres . ”
A landlord and hotelier in the area , Dr Uzor Okafor , lamented the project would take part of his property and render him jobless throughout the construction period .
He urged the government and the contractor to ensure timely completion of the road .