Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has promised not to demolish property to pave way for road construction without engaging and compensating the owners.
The governor made the declaration when he visited the abandoned Kuola-Jankata-Benbo-Apata Road on the Akala Expressway, which connects the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road, for assessment.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Monday, Makinde promised to ensure the completion of the road, noting that the project had been captured in the 2020 budget.
The governor stated that he would complete the road to decongest traffic on the Ring Road axis, stressing that the Government would not demolish people’s properties without compensating them.
“You cannot demolish people’s properties without compensating them. So, we will engage them. And from the feelers that I can see out there, they [property owners and residents] also want development in this area. Of a truth, we must know that development comes at a price. It may be painful but, for the common good of all, I believe they will cooperate with us.
“The legal tussle is because there is usually a misunderstanding or disagreement. Even if you go to war, it will still boil down to the fact that you all need to sit down to end the war. And, soon, we will engage them and I believe everybody will align,” Makinde was quoted as saying.
Explaining the importance of the road, the governor said if completed, it will “decongest the Ring-Road and people coming from Lagos will either go through this way or the other way. They don’t need to reach Ring Road to get here.”
The Governor was in company of the Commissioner for Works, Professor Raphael Afonja and other Government officials during the assessment tour.