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Abesan Estate Residents Petition Ambode, Demand Halt To Road Construction

Some of the protesters
Posted: Mar 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

Residents of the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Abesan, Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), otherwise known as Shagari Estate have petitioned Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State over what they termed a looming crisis in the offing.
The Residents, mainly from DH Street/Obey Fabiyi Close axis of the Estate, numbering over 20,000, are protesting against the construction of a road in the area, which they said threatened their habitat and distorted the Master plan of the estate.
The road contracted out by the State Government would link Aboru with Ipaja, which has led to traffic being diverted from the Lagos-Ibadan Express way to reduce the heavy traffic hold-up at Iyana Ipaja area.
However, the residents said that the project encroached into the estate, which is the property of the Federal Government.
They said the project has distorted the master plan of the estate as some houses have been marked for demolition.
The residents who embarked on a protest march on Monday March 21 said that efforts to get the attention of the state government have failed.
Rev. Eugine Emelieze, Chairman of the Residents Association, called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene.
“We are shocked that that despite all our efforts to reach out to the Lagos State Commissioner for Works to understand from him what they intend to do with our estate streets, all our efforts have been rebuffed.
“We have also written letters to the Executive Secretary of Mosan/Okunola LCDA, Mrs. Opeyemi Akindele, informing the authority of our fears and the need to inform us of their intention on the new road layout and how it affects the DH Street; till date we are still left in the lurch,” Emelieze said.
Mr Olalekan Bello, the secretary said that their lawyers have been briefed for possible legal action.
Bello, however, urged Governor Ambode to use the same political maturity he used to handle the Mile 12 crisis to treat the Shagari Housing Estate issue.