Lagos State government, yesterday, denied rumours making the rounds that it has concluded plans to demolish over 1000 buildings to construct Flyover at Abule Egba junction area of the state.
The government, in a statement signed by the head, public affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Shina Odunuga, clarified the position of the state government on the Right of Way to be established for the construction of the reinforced concrete dual carriage flyover bridge.
The government faulted claims by some of the residents alleging that the state government unilaterally extended portions for removal from the agreed 32 metres from the existing electricity poles to 91.44metres, saying the allegations were unfounded.
The ministry stated that, “The State Government is only implementing existing provisions of Federal Highway Regulations as contained in the Public Land Acquisition Act and gazetted by the Federal Government for Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway Right of Way.
“The Ministry also wishes to emphasise that the said 91.44 metres as contained in the Removal Notice is from the Centre of the Existing Road 45.72 metres on the right side and 45.72 metres on the left side and not 91.44metres from Existing Electricity Poles as contained in the report.”
The government emphasized that the 1000 houses quoted in the report were only a figment of certain individual’s imaginations, pointing out that most of the structures affected by the proposed removal are fences, building setbacks and illegal constructions and attachments to buildings.