Ogun state government has implored all stakeholders on the ever-busy Lagos/Ibadan expressway to buy-in into the ongoing reconstruction work on the route.
The Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday during a sensitisations meeting on the project held at the OPIC event center in Isheri area of the state said, the project can only be successful with the support of the stakeholders.
Represented by the Head of Service to the state, Olusola Adeyemi, Amosun said the the project was aimed at easing movement and other hardships on the expressway.
Amosun explained that the state has also keyed into the project through its ‘Ogun Go Green’ initiative which is aimed at developing 25 meters out of the 70 meters setback on the road.
The Chairman of ‘Ogun Go Green’ project who also doubled as the Commissioner for Forestry, Kola Lawal said the government was concerned by the chaotic and deplorable conditions of the 70m setbacks.
Lawal said the first phase on the project which will include alternative route, tree planting, walkway, amongst others, would start from Berger end of the road.
He reiterated that about 220 illegal structures, 41 abandoned trucks, over 100 articulated vehicles and many filling stations would be affected by the project.
While answering questions from the participants, the Chairman explained that owners of structure with approvals would be compensated.
Lawal further explained that not only would structures without the approval of the government be demolished, owners will also be punished.
The state Commissioner for environment, Bolaji Oyeleye also assured the stakeholders that all markets along the route would be relocated to other designated areas.
Adebola Adeife, the state Commissioner for urban and physical planning, Adebola Adeife pleaded on the affected shop owners to start removing them because the government was ready to start the project.
Earlier, the stakeholders charged the government to focus attention on the ongoing projects across the state and not to abandon them for the new initiative.
They also asked the government to consider putting in place pedestrian bridges across the road.
The governor however assured that the government would interface with the federal government at incorporating some of the suggestions made by the stakeholders.