Mr Hakeem Bello, the Media aide to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said the work ministry boss would not take away the sources of livelihood of automobile technicians who work under the Berger-Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Recall that the technicians under the auspices of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association had appealed to Mr Fashola to find an alternative site after he had issued the order for them to vacate the area.
But Bello told our correspondent on the telephone that the minister had told the technicians to appeal for another site.
He said, “The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, visited the Berger-Kara Bridge and gave the technicians there a deadline till December. We like to do ember-month repairs of roads so that travellers plying these roads will be able to have a smooth ride.
“In any case, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is under construction and he told the technicians that they cannot remain in that place; that they should choose another place, so they came to an agreement of November 30th.
“The technicians appealed to Fashola to help them get a place and he said they should formally approach the Ogun State Government and appeal for another land with a letter and send a copy of this letter to him through the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos so that he can help them follow it up. What more could he do? He is not trying to take away their sources of livelihood.”
The Federal Controller of Works for Lagos State, Olukayode Popoola, also explained to our correspondent that his office had separately notified the technicians to evacuate the site.
“What we did was as far back as March this year. Prior to that time, we served them notices, set up a meeting to dialogue with them; which are all in videos and pictures.
“That order of two weeks ago was given by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who gave them a window of time till the end of November.
“He even advised them to organise themselves, write to the Governor of Ogun State to give them land and copy him and he will follow it up. They have not done that up till now that I am speaking with you. If November ends now and we evict them, they will say the Federal Government drove them away.”
Popoola added that the site belonged to the Federal Government and not the Ogun State Government.
“I have a copy of the letter given to them from the Ogun State Government to stay temporarily on the site, but you can’t give out what is not yours,” he said.
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