Oyo State Governor, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde, has declared that his Government would not demolish any property to facilitate road construction without adequately engaging with the owners and paying due compensations.
Governor Makinde stated this on Monday, January 14, 2020, during an assessment tour of the abandoned Kuola-Jankata-Benbo-Apata Road on the Akala Expressway, which connects the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road.
He noted that his Government would ensure the completion of the project, adding that the project was already captured in the 2020 Budget.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Governor who was in company of the Commissioner for Works, Professor Raphael Afonja and other Government officials noted that a lot of money had been expended on the road project, adding that the project was abandoned during the tenure of the immediate past administration.
He stated that his administration would complete the road to decongest traffic on the Ring Road axis, affirming that the Government would not demolish people’s properties without compensating them.
The Governor added that it would be a quick win for the Government to complete the abandoned project, which he noted would ease traffic, as commuters travelling from Lagos-Toll Gate axis towards Apata-Abeokuta Road would no longer need to go through Ring Road.