Nigeria: Ogun govt saves 2000 houses over Lagos-Ibadan rail project
London, July 18, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Ogun state government has saved about 2000 houses and the prospect of about N2 billion compensation by agreeing to the relocation of the Abeokuta train station, for the proposed Lagos/Abeokuta rail project, earlier scheduled to be located at the Trade Fair complex, Laderin, Abeokuta
The train station is to be relocated to the Oba New City, a six-kilometre distance from the state capital.
AlternativeAfrica.com can authoritatively revealed that the relocation has equally saved a long legal battle that would have delayed or derail the project as the affected families have engaged a prominent lawyer to challenge the government
It was learnt that the decision to relocate followed a meeting and on-the-spot inspection visit to the project by the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, in company of the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
They were also accompanied by representatives of the contractor, the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).
Government sources told AlternativeAfrica that the choice of the new station was strategically chosen to bring rapid development to the proposed new city of the Ogun State Government.
“It will enhance the new city development project as well as attract rapid development to the area” the Minister also confirmed.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, in his remarks, said the relocation was based on the advice of the engineers and the need to avoid inflicting pains on residents.