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On Wednesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State presented N500 million compensation to popular Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, known as Baba Suwe, and other Ikorodu residents whose properties were demolished to pave way for the ongoing Igbogbo-Igbe Road Expansion Project.
The cheques were presented to the affected parties at the official commissioning of the newly upgraded Ijede Road.
Baba Suwe got the sum of N3.1 million as compensation for his demolished property while Malok Petrol Station got N100 million, Stir Oil and Gas Petrol got N36 million, Igbe Central Mosque Degolu Junction got N8million.
Sanwo-Olu presented the cheques to those affected at the official unveiling of the newly upgraded Ijede Road.
Sanwo-Olu, while speaking at the commissioning of the road said it was a promise fulfilled. He noted that his administration had delivered yet another road that would make life more comfortable and meaningful for citizens.
He said, “In December 2019, we were here to flag-off the extensive rehabilitation works on Ijede Road. On that occasion, I made a promise that the contractor would immediately move to the site and that the project would be delivered in 18 months.
"At that time, we did not envisage the devastating impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and the effect of the ensuing lockdown on the way we work and implement our projects. We also did not envision the EndSARS protests that degenerated into the wanton destruction of lives and properties.
"Despite these challenges and the dwindling financial resources of the state brought about by the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on private and public sector businesses, we have, however, kept our promise and the rehabilitated Ijede Road (Itamaga-Ewu Elepe Section) is being delivered today as scheduled.
“Today, we will also present compensation cheques to some of the affected people whose properties had to give way for the Igbogbo-Igbe Road Expansion Project. This speaks to the fact that ours is a responsive government alive to its responsibilities to deliver the greatest good to the greatest number.
“Not only are we interested in bequeathing this major road infrastructure to the people of Ikorodu, but we are also even more determined to ensure that we do this in the most honorable way, by ensuring that those whose properties have had to make way for this project to be realized are appropriately, and transparently compensated.”