The residents of Santos Avenue, Abule Egba, Lagos, are in pains at the moment as some of them are already blaming themselves for the closeness of their houses and shops to the road. Some of the structures have been consumed by the ongoing demolition in the area, leaving their owners counting their losses.
The demolition, encomium.ng gathered, is to pave way for the reconstruction of the avenue which links Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road.
One of the affected landlords in the area who volunteered to speak with us under the condition of anonymity today, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, lamented, “As you also can see, the whole of this place has been destroyed, the same thing goes for the other structures on the other side. You can also notice that the church, the mosque, hotel and the filling station are also affected. They said the Lagos state government wants to expand the road and construct drainage system which I think there’s nothing bad in the idea, but the distance from each building to the road wasn’t that short before. Now, they have extended it by several metres away. That’s why most of the houses and shops here were affected. There’s no way I can rebuild this house now because more than half of it is gone. And if at all I want to, where do I get the money? It’s so painful, I must tell you.”
– TADE ASIFAT