By Lanre Adesanya
Residents of some areas in Ogun State, where the state government today took a bold step of pulling down structures allegedly built on landed properties marked out for infrastructural upgrade, precisely road expansion, have pleaded with government to compensate them or give them a temporary place of abode.
One of the residents, a woman seen evacuating remnants of the church property from the rubbles, left devastated could only mumble as she sobbed like a child, “They just pulled our church building.” Construction work has, however, started in the area with construction engineers on site.
Areas affected by the mass demolition include: NEPASCO, LAMBE, OKE ARO, ADIYAN and environment.
Youths in the area said they were aware that the project that necessitated the demolition is for the future good of the area but called on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to kindly compensate their aged parents as they tried to relocate them.
As a result of the demolition, the popular Lambe Market remained deserted till the time of filing this story. There was heavy presence of security agents around the site, even as the connecting bridge between Lambe/Akute nears completion.
The engineers on site, when asked what measures were taken before the commencement of the job, only said Ogun State Government is the one to talk to about the demolition exercise having notified the residents about the move.
Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, who was abroad when a call was put through to him by our correspondent, called back with his foreign line and stated that the State Government would not do such a thing without proper consultation with stakeholders.
Adeneye said,”We have sensitized the people about this development through the press, prior to now, I will forward the Commissioner of Works’ number to you so that he can grant you audience on other information you might need.
“Even the Governor, being somebody leading by example, demolished his father’s house to give way to development, so we are very proactive and people oriented in our style of governance,” he said.
Photos by Bamigbala Adekola