THE Lagos State government on Monday allayed the fears of property owners whose structures were removed for the construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Abiola Anifowoshe, the government said it has fully commenced compensation process.
Mr Anifowoshe, however, denied reports suggesting that government was unnecessarily delaying compensation, reiterating that those whose structures were demolished would be paid.
He said government had earlier held a stakeholders’ meeting with the affected property owners during which the details of the flyover project were presented to them.
“It was instructive that the stakeholders at the meeting welcomed the development and the Lagos State government secured their buy-in,” the commissioner said.
“The government representatives at the meeting also urged the people to submit all relevant documents showing proof of ownership. Our officials served all the statutory notices and even gave more than enough time for the affected property owners to be aware of the removal.”
Anifowoshe stressed that the construction of the flyover was in a bid to bring about development and end the perennial traffic situation in Agege axis of the state.
He explained that government went an extra mile to remove its own staff buildings belonging to the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) just to give way for the project.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all residents of LSDPC in Agege that the Lagos State government will compensate everyone involved and also to all other privately-owned property owners that the government understands their plight and is working tirelessly to ensure that those affected are compensated,” he said.
The commissioner further pointed out that prompt submission of relevant documents would facilitate the process of payment.
“We like to urge them to submit their documents to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Block 15, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to ensure that all affected owners are compensated appropriately.
“In conclusion, the Lagos State Government hereby reiterates its commitment towards ensuring that there is even development across the state.
“By the time the Pen Cinema Flyover construction is completed, there will be traffic decongestion on the axis and this will enhance the socio-economic development of Agege and environs,” Anifowoshe said. – Channels
– Jan. 9, 2018 @ 10:32 GMT /