The residents of Ije-ododo community in Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Lagos State, has pleaded with the Lagos State Government to stick to its master plan in the construction of road to link Ijegun, Ije-ododo to Abule-Ado in the State.
The residents trooped out in hundreds on Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 to receive the State Delegation from the Ministry of Physical Planning, in a bid to voice out their complaints on the marking of over 300 buildings to be demolished which was said to be on the project’s Right of Way (RoW)
Following the marking of the buildings on August 27th, the residents had sent petitions to the State Governor, lamenting that the project was being taken out of the original plan, which prompted the state government to send a visitation team from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to look into their complaints and inspect the project site.
Guardian reported that the Onijegun of Ijegun kingdom, Oba Nureni Alani Akinremi, received the officials in his palace and urged them to be honest in the discharge of their assignment of inspecting the communities and the original places marked for the construction of the road.
“The master plan had marked out a particular place for a road construction project. I, therefore, plead that, as representatives of government, you go to the archive and get the original plan for the road. It is not possible to cite a road on a pipeline or close to it. We all are aware of the past incidents of fire outbreak in Ijegun and that is why I urge for caution and sincerity. So, the original plan must be visited.
“Ensure you carry out your assignment without taking sides. Check out all the areas marked out with Lagos State government pillars and inspect them without fear.” He said.
In the same vein, Mr S.O. Aboderin, leader of representatives of Ijegun/Ijeododo residents, whose houses have been marked for the intended demolition, stated that the sharp practices of some land-grabbers to sell government acquired portions of land was putting the project in limbo.
According to him, “We urge the government to use the approved road marked in its master-plan, which is from Irede Street down to the canal linking Abule-Ado rather than use the road by the NNPC pipeline. Because NNPC is not permitting them to construct close to its pipelines, they have now moved some meters into the community to mark some buildings for demolition, deviating from the original plan and route.”
After they were taken round the community and shown the areas, which had the original landmarks of the state government, the inspection team promised they would carry out their assignment accordingly.