The Lagos State Government has met with stakeholders in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area on the reconstruction of Eleko Road.

Speaking at the meeting held in Magbon Alade Secondary School on Thursday, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, said the redevelopment of Eleko Road was earmarked in the transport masterplan in anticipation of the massive development taking place in the axis.

His words: “This project is to complement the ongoing development in this axis and ensure that the area realises its full social and economic potentials as the burgeoning growth pole. It is expected that having good connectivity, which is the priority of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in the State as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda, will bring prosperity to the people and enliven the communities”.

He said that the project being people-oriented commenced with the bottom-up approach in the form of people-government dialogue, which has become a regular practice in executing every infrastructure development project in the State.

“The essence of our presence here today is to communicate government intentions concerning the road project, discuss the modalities and seek your inputs and understanding throughout the stages of execution”, he said.

Salako stated that delivery of the Right of Way is crucial in the provision of public infrastructure and urged members of the public to observe the mandatory establishment of road alignment and right of way to avoid encroachment.

“However, our compassionate Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has directed that consideration of compensation be made to all affected property within the Right of Way of public projects in the State. You can rest assured that Eleko Road is not an exception”, he said.

The Commissioner, therefore, enjoined the people to cooperate with the government to realise its vision for the area, particularly on the reconstruction of Eleko road.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on E-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr. Olajide Babatunde, said that the people should embrace the project as it has the potential to transform lives and livelihoods in the area, which accommodates other facilities like Dangote Fertilizer Plant and the Free Trade Zones.

In her remarks, the Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure, Engr. Olufemi Daramola, stated that the cooperation of the people is germane to the speedy completion of the road construction project.

Also contributing, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, urged the people to bear the challenges that might come with the project and gave an assurance that they would reap maximum benefits from its completion.

Earlier, Engr. Olukorede Kesha of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing said that the project was awarded to HITECH Construction Company and would commence from Eleko Junction to the Dangote Fertilizer Plant. 

The Chairman of Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Engr. Abdullahi Sesan Olowa, Oba Onise of Ise Land, Oba Ganiu Adegbesan Adebowale; the Oni Lekki of Lekki, Oba Liasim Ogunbekun and Onimedu of Orimedu, Oba Toheeb Oyedele, spoke for their communities and appreciated the government for the project while looking forward to its speedy completion and quick payment of compensation for buildings that would give way to the road.

The stakeholders’ meeting was also attended by the General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, Ms. Ajibike Shomade; General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Arc. Gbolahan Oki; General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency, Tpl.  Daisi Oso and General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Tpl.  Kehinde Osinaike as well as Baales and Chiefs from Ibeju and Lekki communities.

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