As part of the Lagos State Government’s unwavering determination to transforming the State as well as delivering the dividends of democracy to Lagosians, the government has allayed the fears of stakeholders inAmuwo Odofin Local Government Area as the reconstruction and dualization of Irede Road commences.
Addressing residents at the stakeholders’ meeting held at the Victory Christian Church, Irede Road, Abule- Oshun, on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl Abiola Anifowoshe, said the project handled by Fountain Construction Company , when completed would provide a veritable a sustainable parallel route to Lagos -Badagry Express way and link to Amuwo-Odofin and Oriade Local Council Development Area through Old Ojo Road as well as Ojo Local Government Area through Dangote /Dansa/Tedi/Muwo and its environs.
Anifowoshe also maintained that when completed, the road will improve the road connectivity, improve the standard of living in the area as well as accommodating the expected increase in traffic volume, just as he adds that potential traffic gridlocks would be eliminated and thus reduce travel time.
He also added that the road when completed would no doubt enhance properly value and as well provide aesthetically pleasing environment, while also maintained that the road would nevertheless become major transportation hub within Amuwo Odofin and the entire Lagos State
The Commissioner, however, allayed the fears of the residents while emphasizing that the State Government under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, would not demolish any property without engaging the stakeholders to get their consent and hear the residents and stakeholders aide as far as that idea is concerned,
“This is the reason why we are here today to assure you that the Lagos State Government would compensate all affected property owners. My appeal to you all is that all affected stakeholders should cooperate with the State Government for the growth and development of this area. We brought planning to your door step and we are here to discuss with you and appeal to you. By God’s grace, I will be here at the commissioning of this project”, he said.
Earlier in his address, the representative of the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Shomide Lateef, said the length of the road project is 2.20km while the Right of Way is 26.2meter, adding that the project which was awarded on 2nd February, 2017 would be delivered in February next year.
Also in his remark, the representative of the project contractor, Fountain Construction Company Lydia, Engineer Adeola Agboola said the importance of road construction in our society cannot be under estimated, hence the need to rally round them during the ongoing dualisation/construction of the Irede road.
He added that the road when completed would be if great benefits to all the residents of Irede and its environs.
Also in his own remark, the Oba-Elect of Irede, Oba Sheriff Bello, expressed appreciation to Governor Ambode and his team for deeming it fit to bring development to their door mouth especially in Irede Road, which according to him had been in dilapidated state for decades.
He, however, pledges the cooperation of all the residents to the contractors but appeals for speedy completion of the road.