In a bid to pave way for the proposed 37-kilometre Fourth Mainland Bridge, the federal government and the Lagos State government have disclosed that 795 houses might be demolished. The government revealed that a lot of effort was put in to reduce the number of building structures that were affected from 9,000 to fewer than 800. To dismiss fears that owners of the affected structures will go homeless, the Lagos State government also revealed that property owners would be compensated adequately.
Represented by James Kolawole (a director in the Ministry of Environment), the Environment Minister, Mahmood Abubakar while speaking at the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Stakeholders’ scoping workshop with the Federal Ministry of Environment in Lagos, noted that the state government must be sincere in commitment regarding the compensation of property owners.
There was an alignment that will affect about 9,000 structures along the corridor, but we have reviewed it and gone for the alignment that will affect about 795 houses, instead of the one that will take more houses. It is an ongoing thing on how best to minimise the negative impact
Information from the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development revealed that the new bridge will link Lagos and Ogun state. It will run through Abraham Adesanya in Lagos and Sparklight Estate close to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State. The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a move from the government to boost economic growth and promote international trade in Africa’s commercial hub, Lagos State.
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