Federal Government Temporarily Suspends Compensation for Lagos-Calabar Highway Project

Adewole Kehinde
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Federal Government Temporarily Suspends Compensation for Lagos-Calabar Highway Project
The Federal Government has announced a temporary suspension of compensation payments to property owners affected by the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project, citing alterations to the project’s original plan. Sen. Dave Umahi, Minister of Works, disclosed this during his recent inspection of ongoing works in Lagos, including the coastal highway and other key road projects.

Umahi explained that changes in the route layout, particularly around Kilometer Seven where sections have been rerouted, such as the white sand beach area, necessitated the withholding of compensation. He emphasized that these adjustments, which have reduced the corridor to 55 kilometers with 10 train tracks, were made to enhance safety for underground cables and preserve other properties, notably redirecting construction through swampy areas.

“We have compressed the corridor and made significant alterations, including reducing the train tracks from 55 to 20,” Umahi stated. “Compensation payments will resume following a thorough review of affected properties along the highway, with new enumerators to be deployed for Section Two assessments.”

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The Minister highlighted the government’s commitment to minimizing disruptions caused by the project while ensuring fair compensation processes. He expressed frustration at opposition to rerouting efforts aimed at safeguarding infrastructure and local communities, dismissing critics who advocate adherence to gazetted plans that may compromise safety and property integrity.

The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, a 700-kilometer project spanning nine states with extensions to northern regions, commenced construction earlier this year. The initial compensation phase totaling N10 billion has been part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the project’s impact on affected communities, underscoring the government’s approach to balancing infrastructure development with community welfare.

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