I won’t de­mol­ish build­ings for road ex­pan­sion

The Punch - - NEWS - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

–Abio­dun

OGUN State Gov­er­nor Dapo Abio­dun has said the state gov­ern­ment will not de­mol­ish any build­ings as it em­barks on road ex­pan­sion in the state.

Abio­dun said this on Mon­day while in­spect­ing Ikola-navy-osi-ait road in the Ado-odo/otta Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

The gov­er­nor said the state gov­ern­ment had de­cided to pri­ori­tise the com­ple­tion of the road con­nect­ing the area with La­gos.

On the con­struc­tion of walk­ways on the road, Abio­dun said it would re­quire the de­mo­li­tion of more struc­tures, say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion was not ready to do so.

he added, “We are here to in­spect con­struc­tion work which is at the fi­nal stage. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are say­ing they would have pre­ferred to have walk­ways.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we had to jet­ti­son it de­spite its in­clu­sion in the orig­i­nal de­sign, be­cause we do not want to de­mol­ish any­body’s build­ing and cause them pain.

“We shall be in­au­gu­rat­ing the road which is about seven me­tres wide with drainage.”

A for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Ogun West at the Se­nate, Sen­a­tor Akin Odunsi, and the Oniko­tun of Ot­tun-otta, Oba Ab­dul­ha­keem Odunaro, com­mended the gov­er­nor for adopt­ing a process where roads would be con­structed with­out the de­mo­li­tion of build­ings.

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