Governor Babatunde Fashola, Olaolu Olusina Stakeholders in the ongoing Mile 12-Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project have called on the managers of the project, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), to fast-track the reconciliation of all the remaining issues arising from the project so as to bring succour to all.
They made the call during the second enlarged meeting between LAMATA and the stakeholders which held in Ikorodu last week.
Listing the pending issues to include the relocation of the Ayangburen market to a more suitable place and the consideration for compensation to some families whose property were affected by the N30billion World Bank- assisted project, the stakeholders urged LAMATA and the Lagos State government to be fair to all in the resolution of the issues.
Making a case for the market women, a former commissioner in the state, Comrade Ayodele Elesho, urged LAMATA to assist the market women to develop the new site provided for them.
He also called on the managers of the project to compensate those who have not been compensated, saying many houses on Lagos roads were built over 60 to 70 years ago without any Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and other documents which are now being demanded by the government.
But LAMATA said all issues relating to compensation should be directed to the state Lands Bureau, which is responsible for all assessment and payment to approved property owners.
On the issue of new market site, Elesho said “The area allocated for the construction of the new market is still being occupied by the Police. Government should do something about this. The market women are our mothers and they sent us to school so that they won’t suffer. Many of them are the breadwinners of their families.” He urged all government officials present at the occasion to find time to visit the new site allocated for the new market.
The Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, who represented Governor Babatunde Fashola at the occasion, in his opening remarks, said the government meant well for the people of Ikorodu as he urged them to continue with their support for the project.
Managing Director, LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, disclosed that work on the project was progressing according to plan and would be delivered as planned by December 2014.
Other personalities at the event included the member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency 1 of Lagos State in the House of Representatives, Hon. S.O.B Agunbiade, top officials of the Lands Bureau and Ministry of Environment, traditional rulers and community leaders in Ikorodu.