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Pastor Adeboye finally suspends N20 billion 3-Kilometre auditorium

 – Recalls architects and builders for new design

 – Want light rail along auditorium

PASTOR Enoch Adejare Adeboye has temporarily suspended work on the N20 billion three-kilometre auditorium (on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State) he embarked on few months back.

Close aides of the respected clergy revealed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that the 71 year-old General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God suddenly felt dissatisfied with the architectural design of the multi-billion naira project.  According to our source, he called the architect whose identity is still shrouded in secrecy, along with the builders, that he would want them to do another structural design for the project.  He complained that the facility does not have toilets inside the structure.

“I can tell you categorically that work has been suspended on the site and the major reason is that Baba felt dissatisfied with the architectural design.  Although, it was initially approved, he opted for something classier that will make life comfortable for the millions that throng the city.  For instance, the former one-million seater auditorium does not have basic facilities such as toilets.  Thus, he has decided to improve on this new structure.”

Our source also revealed that he also decided to include a train within the auditorium that would convey people from the tail of the auditorium to the front.   This is another multi-million naira project.  He has mandated the architect to accommodate that in the new design and also engage the services of experts to handle the project.  All these additions, we gathered, would also affect the duration and budget of the multi-billion naira project.

Work on the N20 million three-kilometre auditorium of the Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye-led The Redeemed Christian Church of God suffered a huge setback few weeks back as sponsored thugs, armed to the teeth, invaded the construction site and chased away workers.

Information available to ENCOMIUM Weekly revealed that trouble began in the early morning of Monday, September 30, 2013, when armed hoodlums, numbering over 50, invaded the site of the proposed ultra-modern three-million seater auditorium and chased away members of the ministry employed to work on the project.  We learnt the site is in Agufoye Village, Ogun State.  According to our source, the land was acquired for N215 million in 2003, from  members of the Agufor family of Agufoye Village who are the original owners.  Evidence of the acquisition was contained in an Ogun State revenue receipt dated July 29, 2009, and N35 million was paid for government’s survey with Ogun State government receipt No. 0536521.

However, trouble began when some people fraudulently obtained another survey plan and invited land grabbers to claim a portion of the land. This resulted in a clash between agents of both parties.  We were informed that Pastor Adeboye opted for peace and negotiated some portion of the land they had earlier paid for. But they demanded for more land and another payment claiming they should pay the other members of the family headed by one Alhaja Ramota Akinlabi, who is a sister to the Baale.  According to our source, the case has been dragged to court.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, one of Pastor Adeboye’s aides who pleaded anonymity shed more light on the real reasons the project was suspended.

“Contrary to the belief that the N20 billion 3-kilometre auditorium was suspended due to the issue with land owners, the real reason has to do with adjustment in architectural design and inclusion of a multi-million naira moving train within the auditorium led to the suspension temporarily.”

 -FEMI OYEWALE

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