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Friday, December 10, 2021

Ogun, Lagos May Clash Over Rail Project As 1000 Houses Risk Demolition



The Daily Crucible | Friday, December 10, 2021

Ogun State and her neighbour, Lagos State, may clash over planned construction of light rail project by the Lagos State Government to criss - cross Ogun border communities of Itoki-Agbado-Ijoko and sirrounding communities.

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)  had in a notice dated November 8,  2021 informed  residents of Agbado-Ijoko and surrounding areas that their structures would be demolished or acquired by the Lagos State Government to give right of way to light rail project.

The notice was signed by the Managing Director of LAMATA , Abimbola Akinajo.

The project puts no fewer than 1000 houses of residents at risk of demolition.

However, Ogun State House of Assembly said the demolition notice is not binding on Ogun residents,  declaring it null and void.

The assembly said there should be formal agreement put in place first between the two States through a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with a view to ensuring that the required compensation is paid to property owners, whose structures may be affected in the course of the implementation of the proposed project.

The Speaker Kunle Oluomo stated the position while responding to the submission of his colleague-lawmaker from Ifo II State Constituency, Ganiyu Oyedeji, who reported the unauthorised distribution of the demolition notice by LAMATA to residents of the areas under personal explanation during plenary at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He stressed the need for the governments of the two States to jointly agree on the modalities for the implementation of the proposed projects and how the affected residents would be properly and promptly compensated.

In another development, Speaker Oluomo has lauded  governor Dapo Abiodun on the proposed road projects listed for construction and rehabilitation in the next year budget proposal, with an appeal to the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to take advantage of the present dry season to put palliatives on the failed portions of roads across the State.

He identified roads  within border towns, including Animasaun road in Sango-Ota, those within Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government and other parts of the State as those requiring palliative works.

The Speaker, who stated this while responding to the separate submissions of the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff and Bello Atinuke, lauded Abiodun for adopting the Public-Private Partnership policy in infrastructural development,  especially road construction.

He  explained that the Animasaun road needed the quick intervention of the ministry owing to its socio-economic value to the State and other road users in the area.   

Also, the Ogun State Senior Citizens Centre Law, 2021 scaled first reading on the floor of the House as the Clerk of the House and Head of Legislative Services, Deji Adeyemo did the first reading of the bill before the lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has played host to the Management team of the State Ministry of Budget and Planning led by its Commissioner, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, who briefed the lawmakers on the roadmap for harnessing demographic dividends in the State.

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