Some houses in Oshodi have been demolished by Lagos State Government. See the report by InsideMainLand.com below:
The sight of the demolition exercise at the Oshodi end of Lagos Mainland was a heartbreaking one to behold for owners whose properties were demolished.
It is more worrying for the affected owners when the payment of compensation is yet to reach an advanced stage.
Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported the commencement of demolition of structures on the right of way in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland. The demolition was towards the expansion of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road.
Speaking to InsideMainland, one of the affected house owners in the demolition, Alhaji Aranseoluwa said although property owners in the area alongside other stakeholders were involved in series of discussions with the government, they are yet to get the compensation package from the government.
“The government is yet to fulfill their own end of the agreement. It was all talks from then till now. The house has now been pulled down, what next?” he said.
“Most people here expects that before the demolition will be carried out, we would have reached an advanced stage even if we are yet to be paid the monies due to us. Till now, all we hear is that they are compiling names but nothing about money has been said,” he added.
As a result of the exercise, more than 50 houses have been pulled down from the Oshodi to Charity bust stop end of the area. Some of the affected structures include that of leading banks such as Zenith, Diamond, Access, and UBA banks among others.
When InsideMainland visited the site, scavengers were seen gathering irons metals and other items to make quick profit.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, while speaking on the demolition said the exercise commenced after the government had discussed with the stakeholders on the importance of the road expansion to the area and Nigeria as a whole.
On the payment of compensation, the commissioner stated that the Lagos State Government was sincere about payment to those affected by projects carried out across the state.
“We have paid more than 90 percent of persons affected in Mosafejo Oshodi, Abule Egba and Epe 1. We are presently paying Epe 2; and as for other areas such as Irede, Isawo, Igbogbo-Bayeku, Agege Pen Cinema, Oyingbo and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, we have started the compilation and very soon, payments will be made,” he added.
Presently, some of the stall owners in the demolished properties have been advised to move into the Arena Shopping Complex, Oshodi, Lagos Mainland, InsideMainland gathered.
Speaking on the development, a shop owner, Chinedu Opalifo said some of them still have existing rents already paid to property owners in the area and that they still find it difficult to gather money to secure spaces at Arena Complex.
He, however, said the market leaders are finalizing plans to ensure their complaints are addressed to ensure them return to business without delay.