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Monday, December 30, 2019

I Won't Pull Down People's Homes,Others Because Of Road Works, Says Abiodun



Ayobami Ife
Abeokuta

Away from the painful past, Governor Dapo Abiodun on Monday assured that his administration would not demolish properties of people in its quest to improve road infrastructure across the State.

Abiodun, who made this known while on an assessment tour of the Ikola-Navy-Osi and AIT Roads in Ado-Odo/Otta Local Government Area of the State, said his administration had to prioritise the completion of the roads connecting the area with Lagos, adding that the Lagos State Government had already done its own portion.

Responding to residents' request for walkways, the Governor explained that it had to be removed from the original plan, as it would require demolition of more properties, and this administration would not want to be characterised as "one that demolishes properties."

"We are here to inspect construction work which is at the final stage. Members of the community are saying they would have preferred to have the walkway.

" Unfortunately, we had to jettison it, despite inclusion in the original design, because we do not want to demolish anybody's building and cause them pain and suffering.

"In the next two weeks or less, we shall be commissioning the road which is about seven meters wide with drainages."

Abiodun said his administration would continue to make life comfortable for the people through the provision of good road networks with streetlights, adding that he had instructed the contractors to cover the drainages to serve as walkway.

In their separate remarks, a former Senator from Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Akin Odunsi and the Onikotun of Ottun-Otta, Oba Abdulhakeem Odunaro, lauded the Governor for adopting a process where roads would be constructed without demolition of property, saying the effort to make movement easy for the people in the area was a welcome development.

The Governor also visited the Fajol-Ajegunle-American Junction in Obantoko, where he promised that the road would be completed and commissioned before the end of May, 2020.

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