The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, has said that the Ministry paved the way for 27 different infrastructure projects across the State by delivering an equal number of Rights of Way (ROW) within two years.
He said that the delivery of Right of Way is a critical aspect of any project, requiring the understanding and sacrifice of the people in the overriding public interest, as the removal of encumbering structures to accommodate the ROW and alignments of road infrastructures in particular was always a hard choice to make.
“However, where the removal of structures to pave way for development is unavoidable, the Lagos State Government has been magnanimous in the consideration and payment of compensation”, he said.
The Commissioner urged residents to always conduct the necessary findings and obtain the requisite approvals before erecting buildings in any part of the State, in order to avoid any untoward situation.
Salako commended residents for their cooperative attitude towards the execution of developmental projects, most of which were preceded by the removal of encumbrances.
Noting that the support received from the people for Government infrastructure projects was connected with the participatory approach of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration, the Commissioner observed that the cooperation of residents fostered understanding and encouraged community ownership.
The projects for which the Ministry delivered the Right of Way within the stated period include the LAMATA Bus Terminals at Maryland and Abule Egba; Allen Avenue and Ikotun Junction Improvement; Regional Road, Lekki and Sobo Arobiodu Street, Ikeja GRA as well as Soluyi Street, Gbagada.
Others are the Oniru network of roads, ICT Park, Katangwa, Ojo Express Link Road, Isuti Road, Igando and St. Finarr’s Road, Somolu.