Coastal Highway: Nothing will stop the government from claiming priority – Umahi insists

Minister of Works David Umahi says nothing will stop the Federal Government from claiming the right of way for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road Project and ensuring that the project is delivered on time.

Umahi made the statement at the weekend while marking the demolition of structures on the right-of-way of the project in Lagos.

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The minister ordered the closure of the Landmark Beach Resort in Oniru, Victoris Island, Lagos, saying no major structure of the establishment would be affected apart from the waterfront slums that are on the government’s right of way .

“The place belongs to the people who fill it with sand, and eventually there will be no beach,” he said.

Umahi said it was unfortunate that Landmark management paid so much attention to the project and played politics with it. “The road has to go through. We are making some minor adjustments. Our goal is to stay along the coast.

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“Those who play politics with it can go ahead. My task is simple: ensure the realization of the coastal road. It has priority within the coastal corridor, which is the legitimate right of the federal government,” he added.

According to him, those affected by the ongoing demolition exercise would be adequately compensated, adding that the documentation process has been put in place to ensure that the compensation process is completed between May 2 and 3.

Umahi promised to be present throughout the week to address compensation-related issues relating to the coastal road project.

Just before the demolition flag, Bolaji Ariyo, CEO of Mami Chula Beach Lifestyle, where the exercise began, said he supported the vision of the project “even if it causes inconvenience to some of us.”

“While the government promises to make life easy for all Nigerians, some of us are bound to be affected. But those affected are no match for the millions who will enjoy the coastal road. That is why people like me have taken it to heart to also support the Federal Government and the Minister to ensure that this road comes to life,” said Ariyo.

He further said, “It will ease traffic flow along this corridor. Someone has to pay the price. The best thing is that we all support the realization of the project.”