…Baba Suwe receives N3.1m compensation
Some residents of Ikorodu in Lagos State whose properties were demolished in the course of reconstructing the Igbogbo-Igbe Road, have protested the removal of their names from the initial list of those compensated.
The Lagos State government on Wednesday paid the sum of N500 million as compensation to some of the residents whose properties were affected in the ongoing road expansion project.
But some residents are questioning the rationale for the selection of those paid as, according to them, the names on the list of beneficiaries for the compensation did not tally with the names sent to government for payment.
“The Governor came to Igbogbo-Igbe-Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way and made us a promise to pay us our compensation money in 60 days. So, on Monday 7th June 2021, we were asked to send 25 names of which we did, only for us to go today (Wednesday) at Ijede, where the governor came to commission the road, to hear only two names out of the list we submitted and the other names were not mentioned,” an affected resident, who led a group of other residents but did not want her name published, recounted to RELIABLESOURCENG.COM rather dejectedly.
The expectant residents defied the midday downpour to receive the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team for the formal inauguration of the 6.05 kilometre-long dualised stretch, traversing Itamaga and Ewu Elepe.
Sanwo-Olu handed over compensation cheques of varying amounts to residents, representatives of worship centres and businesses affected by construction of Ijede Road, Igbogbo-Igbe Road expansion project, Oba Sekumade Road rehabilitation and Agric-Isawo Road construction.
He personally handed over cheques worth N500 million to 16 claimants at the event, including a popular veteran Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, who received N3.1 million compensation.
About 455 affected families, worship centres and businesses were listed for compensation to the tune of N2.206 billion in all places where the State Government is executing infrastructure projects within Ikorodu.
The Ijede Road, which was a single carriageway before its reconstruction, cuts across four Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs). Its condition deteriorated as a result of population growth, leaving commuters groaning until the Sanwo-Olu administration moved in last year January and awarded contract for the road rehabilitation.
The governor said the commissioning marked another fulfilment of his pledge to deliver infrastructure that would assuage the pain and bring comfort to the electorate. He said the Ijede road was delivered ahead of schedule, despite the disruption of activities occasioned by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He said: “As a proactive Government, we completely understand that good roads are a catalyst for socio-economic development. We will continue to fulfil our promise of providing Lagosians with a modern, safe, decent and reliable intermodal transport system. Ikorodu Division has had a fair share in the ongoing infrastructure projects across the State.
“The Ijede Road we are inaugurating today is an important intersection that connects about 37 communities. We promised we would rehabilitate and upgrade the road to bring succour to our people who daily bear pains in commuting on the axis. We have delivered the first phase, which stops at Ewu Elepe. There will be extension of the construction project to Gberigbe Town and Ijede Jetty, which is the Phase 2 of the work and the contractor is to commence work immediately.”
In addition to the road infrastructure, the state government is also constructing a jetty at Ijede waterfront to create a hub for waterways transportation in the town, in line with the state’s Integrated Transportation Master Plan.
Sanwo-Olu listed other projects currently being undertaken by the government to include the rehabilitation of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road in Igbogbo, upgrading of Agric-Ishawo Road, rehabilitation of Oba Sekumade Road, and ongoing palliative works on inner roads.
He said government will be redesigning the Ikorodu Roundabout in the next phase of work, which is aimed at easing traffic congestion usually experienced around Ikorodu Garage. He disclosed that the contract for the roundabout’s improvement had been approved and that work would resume on the axis in the coming weeks.
“We are elated that our people are reaping the full dividend of democracy in the quality of projects we are delivering. When we make a promise, we ensure that we keep our words. I am confident that through our citizens’ continued support, we will complete other projects started in Ikorodu,” Sanwo-Olu said.