It was gathered that the Ogun State Government is set to demolish about 6,000 buildings in Akute area of the state in western Nigeria in preparation to expand the road from Akute-Odo to Adiyan Plant Station where a major water project owned by the Lagos State Government is situated.
The 6,000 buildings have been marked for demolition in Akute, Pipeline, Baale Akin-Osi and Oke Aro communities in Ogun State in the ongoing water expansion project in the state.
Houses that fall 55 metres on the right of way of the proposed project running from Akute-Odo to Adiyan Plant Station have been earmarked for demolition and residents have been given seven days ultimatum to vacate the area to pave way for the demolition exercise.
Landlords in the areas held an emergency press conference on Thursday and appealed to the Ogun State Government to reduce the 55 metres setback by 20 metres to reduce the number of properties that would be affected as losses arising from the demolition exercise could run into billions of naira.
Rev. Joshua Adegbola, Chairman, Joint Community Development Council, Akute addressed the news conference flanked by Alhaji Sani Mobarak, Chairman Akute Community Development Committee, CDC; Alhaji Busari, Grand Patron, Ifo LG CDC and Dr. Titus Folusho Chairman, Ore-Ofe Community Development Association, CDA