Determined to ease the traffic on Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard, at the Ketu/Mile 12 end of Ikorodu Road, the Lagos State Government has begun the Recovery of Conservative of Right of Way of Alapere-Agboyi-Ketu.
The gridlock on this road usually originates at Alapere Junction and its contiguous roads.
The project, which is a four-lane road of 18.6m width, inclusive of a carriageway, will see the development of Oluwakemi/Ajiboye Street with additional ingress into adjoining streets from Alapere to Agboyi. It is being developed to carry traffic from Alapere through Agboyi towards Ikorodu. The project is a follow up to the first phase of the Alapere layby road, which was constructed to ease traffic off the major road into Alapere.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe, in a statement by the ministry’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nwonah Olubukonla, said the Right of Way project began with the marking of affected illegal buildings.
The statement indicated that the owners of affected structures had been engaged and notified as well as given enough opportunity to remove their wares and salvage their property before the full commencement of the removal operation.
A statement attributed to Anifowoshe, read in part: “We run an all inclusive government and do not embark on any removal of structure without first obtaining the buy-in of the affected people and communities through the engagement of stakeholders in interactive meetings. Some weeks ago, the state government embarked on a stakeholders’ meeting with the Alapere -Agboyi-Ketu community and interestingly they embraced the idea, which led to this development.We know what it takes to put up a structure so we have planned this project and pledged minimal removal. It is all in the overriding public interest and the economic growth and development of the community and Lagos State as a whole.”