Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Ogun state government yesterday said all fuel stations, unapproved motor parks, markets and other illegal structures along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway would soon be demolished.
The government said the decision was not only to ease traffic congestion on the highway but to also key into the ongoing construction work by the government.
This declaration was made yesterday during a sensitization programme of ‘Green Ogun’ forum held at Obas complex in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The forum was to sensitise investors, industrialists, captain of industries, market men and women as well as leaders of the various transport unions.
The state Commissioner for Forestry, who also doubled as the Chairman of the project tagged “Project GO”, Kolawole Lawal said the affected structures are those which fall within the 70-meter road setbacks from the Isheri – Ojodu – Berger axis of the expressway.
Lawal explained that ‘Project GO’ was an idea conceived by the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun out of his passion for a clean environment which would also make the environment attractive and more beneficial to the road users.
He explained further that the project became necessary with the views to curb activities that are detrimental to the environment, particularly to eliminate illegal trailer parks on the road sides and to ensure free flow of traffic along the expressway.
Lawal said that the 18-man committee, which included Commissioners from the ministries of the Environment, Forestry and that of the Urban and Physical Planning was saddled with the responsibility of the 70 – meter road setbacks on both side.
He explained that tree plantings, landscaping, creation of access lanes as well as constructing barriers and ditches that will prevent indiscriminate parking and erection of structures on the road sides would be put in place.
He emphasised that the project would be executed in phases with the first phase beginning from the Isheri area of the expressway running “inbound and outband” Lagos through Arepo village in the Obafemi – Owode local government area of the state.
According to Lawal, other parts of the expressway which would however be subsequently covered to run from Arepo village through the Sagamu interchange of the expressway.
He explained that the popular Kara market along the Isheri axis would be relocated to give way to a beautiful metro city in the area.
The committee chairman also stated that 220 illegal structures have been identified for demolition between Isheri and Arepo village, while over 100 articulated vehicles and 41 abandoned truck containers would also be affected in the project.
Lawal added that the state government was collaborating with religious bodies, firms, residents and other stakeholders around the area to ensure the success of the project.

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