Ogun begins compensation payment for properties demolished by Amosun

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*Photo L-R: Amosun, Abiodun *

Ogun State government is to begin paying compensation to owners of properties demolished by the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun to pave way for the expansion of some road projects across the state.

Already, Governor Dapo Abiodun is said to have approved that the compensation payment should commence to alleviate the sufferings of those affected.

Amosun embarked on massive demolition of properties across the state in order to, as he said, expand some roads to as much as 8-lanes.

Commissioner for Works, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, who spoke on the issue at the weekend, said the governor has approved the compensation payment, which will be in phases.

Akinsanya noted that the demolitions carried out by Amosun’s administration were unnecessary, adding that it ended up compounding the problems being faced by the present government.

According to him, the state government now has billions of compensation claims to contend with in addition to looking for another huge sums of money to complete the abandoned roads.

He noted that the Abiodun administration inherited outstanding debt of N202billion from the Amosun government on roads alone.

The commissioner said the state government has decided on the policy of no demolition in its project execution, except where necessary and unavoidable.

He said the last administration had earmarked some houses for demolition preparatory to the rehabilitation of Kemta-Somorin road in Abeokuta. The project is nearing completion without any demolition carried out, he added.

“Our road design and construction is such that we try to avoid demolition. It is actual not necessary to demolish while constructing roads, unless it is actually unavoidable.

“The same thing applies to bridge construction. Most of the bridges constructed by that regime were a waste of resources. For instance, on the entire stretch of the 19kilometers Atan-Lusada-Agbara road has only one bridge. And the length is short,” he said.

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