Lagos-Badagry Road Expansion: LASG Compensates Affected Property Owners
Aug 19, 2009 - The Lagos State Government Wednesday distributed compensation cheques to property owners whose properties were affected by the planned expansion of the Lagos – Badagry Expressway.
The compensation which is coming as work is about to commence on the first phase of the contract was made to ten claimants comprising both individuals and organizations who, according to the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Oyekan, constitute the first segment of the claimants to be compensated by the Government.
They include Messrs Paache Steel Limited, Chief V.O. Aro, Engineer Agboro, Alhaji Makanjuola, Messrs Doyin Group of Companies, Mr. Vincent Whelu Martins Onyenorah, Messrs General Marble & Granite Co Ltd., Messrs Visa Int’ Ltd., Messrs Rotunda Hospital and Alhaji Memud Ahmad.
Addressing the claimants at a brief presentation ceremony at the Lagos House Alausa, Ikeja, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Rotimi Oyekan who stood in for the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said the importance of the ceremony was underscored by the fact that the State Government of today sees the need to improve the infrastructure in the State not just for today but for the future.
According to Oyekan, “Perhaps, it is important to understand what is the overall vision of this infrastructure renewal because, for some people here today, it might be ‘why am I losing my property, what am I going to benefit?’ My contribution today is to make us realize that what you are benefiting from your sacrifice is not just the cheque you are receiving today, but the opportunity this road will open up for us and for our children”.
Recalling that a lot of work is going on at the moment on the Lekki Corridor of the State which has pushed up prices of property along the corridor, the Commissioner said there is also a Badagry Corridor Plan in the works, adding that the expansion of the Expressway “is the opportunity that will come and open up the economy of Lagos along that axis”.
“We can see people making investment, buying property and making development in the Lekki Corridor which is a planned environment”, Oyekan said adding that the Badagry Corridor Plan will designate certain areas for certain purposes.
He explained that behind all the developments, the State Government has a Master Plan to designate a new strategy for Housing delivery which, according to him, will be compensated by access to different parts of the State, pointing out that if somebody were to live in Badagry and is not able to get to Marina in one hour then there is no use living in Badagry.
“But if he knows he has a road; if he knows he a train line that takes him from Badagry or any other location there from through the city centre and back, it won’t be difficult for him”, the Commissioner said, adding that this is a sacrifice that Lagosians has to make for the future of the State.
Oyekan thanked the claimants for the cooperation they gave to the State Government in starting the project and assured them that the State Government would do its best to ensure that the project is completed very quickly.
He said Government, through the project, “will create opportunities for you to own property in an area that is planned, accessible and secure for you and your family and for you to conduct your business in a city where you have access.
The Commissioner who said Wednesday’s presentation was the first phase, declared, “The payment of compensation is not a one off process. It is continuous. We thought it was important to engage the people in a formal environment where we present these cheques to them publicly so as to underscore and record the resolve of Government that those who are making sacrifices are recognized and they are properly compensated along the lines of the law”.
Earlier in her introductory remarks, the Director Land Services, Mrs. Nike Animashaun, explained that the compensation is done according to the provisions of the Land Use Act which provides that when Government acquires land for public use, it has the obligation to pay compensation to those people affected by such relocation.
According to the Director, “Such compensation is calculated also according to the Act which also provides that if the land is clear, Government is liable to pay only the ground rent payable on the property. But if there is a structure on the land, payment will be made according to the value of the structure through the formula of the Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers”.