The Lagos State government said the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge may not be realisable soon because;
“With the current plan, 318 buildings will need to be demolished for the bridge to take-off.”
Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze and his counterpart from the ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat disclosed these during an inter-ministerial press briefing on analysis of Year 2014 budget, stressing that the year’s budget is aimed at eradicating poverty.
Hamzat explained that it was difficult for the state government to embark on the previous alignment for the construction of the bridge because of its huge requirements and expenses, adding that the previous alignment which is eight kilometers, will cost the state government N320 billion. According to him,
“And to construct a kilometer of that bridge is about N40 billion, so the issue is that we also need to factor the cost of demolishing the 318 buildings into the project. Alot of these buildings are beautiful houses.”He expressed concern that larger per cent of these buildings do not have genuine building permit.“We need to remember that when motorists make use of the bridge, they will need an exit route. And this route will require motorists to drive through a road that will afford them to link at Ijede in Ikorodu and another link to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway”.
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OMONILE LAWYER’S FINAL THOUGHT
In fact those people that have been going to bar beach to pray for Government not to demolish their houses that are right under the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge need to go offer more sacrifices of thanks. Moresoever those in Badore that have been living under a large cloud of fear anytime they read anything with respect to the 4th mainland bridge construction.
For one i am happy that these houses wont be demolished because the no one would like to see their life worth savings being pulled down in less than 20 minutes and i believe most people that built their houses there were totally ignorant about the laws, Fell victim to unscrupulous Omoniles who wickedly sold them Government lands and had no idea their lands fell under the Committed lands acquired by the Lagos state Government for the 4th mainland bridge construction.
But this is not to say i would encourage people to buy lands or the houses that fall under the proposed 4th mainland bridge. The master plan is still in their system at Alausa. It is still a committed area. No documentation of any form will be given to those people and it would not be ratified and all it takes is one new Governor sometime in the nearest future to revive this project and all the houses there will be gone.
The postphonement of the construction of the 4th Mainland bridge only provides some form of respite for the land or homeowners who have their properties under committed to breathe a huge sign of relief for the time being during the Fashola’s Administration and hope the next one does not think otherwise.
Source : omonilelawyer.com