The federal and Lagos State governments have announced that about 795 houses might be demolished to pave the way for the construction of the 37-kilometers 4th Mainland Bridge.
According to reports, the announcement was made by the Minister of the Environment, Mamoud Abubakar, through the director in the ministry, James Kolawole at Environmental Social Impact Assessment Stakeholders’ Scoping Workshop on the project in Lagos.
The minister revealed that they made a lot of efforts to reduce the number of affected houses from the initial 9,000 to 795.
He added that they should be a sincere commitment on the part of the Lagos State Government on compensation for the affected families.
“There is an alignment that should affect about 9,000 structures along the corridor, but we have reviewed it and gone for the alignment that will affect about 795 houses instead of the one that will take more houses. It is an ongoing thing on how best to minimise the negative impact,” He said.
In conclusion, Mamoud noted the 4th mainland bridge would boost the state’s economic growth and enhance international trade.