Federal and Lagos Governments Seek Residents’ Cooperation on Eleko Road Reconstruction
In a bid to catalyze progress and development in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Council, both the Federal and Lagos State governments have united in urging residents to actively support and collaborate with the contractors undertaking the ambitious task of reconstructing Eleko Road. This call to action was echoed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, during a recent stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos.
Recognizing the Significance of the Project
Commissioner Olumide emphasized the vital nature of the Eleko Road reconstruction project, especially in light of the rapid development occurring in the Ibeju-Lekki corridor. He articulated that the successful completion of this project holds the key to enhancing the standard of living for local residents. The envisioned outcome is a more organized, orderly, and functional environment that aligns with the pace of development in the region.
Enduring Challenges for a Better Tomorrow
While acknowledging the inconveniences that may arise during the construction phase, Commissioner Olumide appealed to residents to endure these challenges, particularly the removal of structures encroaching on the right of way. He reassured the community that provisions are in place to compensate property owners affected by the necessary adjustments.
Blueprint for the Future: Road Design and Traffic Accommodation
Olukorede Keisha, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, shed light on the technical aspects of the project. He disclosed that the approved right of way for Eleko Road spans 46 meters on either side. The road, stretching from Dangote Fertilizer Plant to Eleko Junction, has been meticulously designed to incorporate rail lines and accommodate the expected traffic in the area.
Compensation Protocol and Progress Updates
Oluwole Sotire, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, provided insights into the current status of the project. He revealed that more than 50 percent of the marking of structures on the approved right of way has been completed. Additionally, he assured residents that the Lagos Lands Bureau would promptly commence the enumeration of affected property owners for compensation immediately after the marking process.
Stakeholder Acknowledgment and Concerns
Stakeholders from both Ibeju-Lekki Local Council and Lekki Local Council Development Area actively participated in the meeting. Notable figures present included Bode Oyedele, the husband of the Deputy Governor of Ogun State; Muslim Folami, a former Commissioner for Local Government; Oladele Ajayi, Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Ibeju-Lekki Constituency II; and Sesan Olowa, Chairman of Ibeju-Lekki Local Council.
The stakeholders, while acknowledging the undeniable benefits of the road reconstruction, raised pertinent concerns. Chief among these were queries about the extent of the approved right of way and the specific modalities for compensation.
In summary, the collaborative efforts between the Federal and Lagos State governments, coupled with the active involvement of local stakeholders, underscore the commitment to advancing development through the Eleko Road reconstruction. As challenges are navigated and solutions implemented, the anticipation is that this transformative project will pave the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for the Ibeju-Lekki community.