Retirees whose homes are affected by the ongoing demolition exercise on Mumuni Adio Badmos Road, Satellite Town, Oriade Local Council Development Area of Lagos, are on the verge of depression, the residents’ association has said.
To this effect, residents of the area under the aegis of the Satellite Town Forum have written a letter to Dr Idris Salako, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development to express their grievances.
AF24NEWS gathered that the demolition of houses in the area is to pay way for the dualisation of the road by the state government.
Ndubuisi Okafor, the Chairman, Media Committee, STF, in an appeal letter to the commissioner on Tuesday, said retirees were mostly affected by the ongoing demolition.
In the appeal letter titled, ‘Ongoing Demolition of Properties on Mumuni Adio Badmos Road Belonging to Retirees,’ Okafor urged the state government to compensate the affected retirees.
The letter reads, “The demolition of yesterday (Monday) knocked out the shops and fences of both the NITEL Estate and Closes.
“Today (Tuesday), it’s reported that the demolishers are back at the same spot and are about to stretch to the referred houses on which basis we met with you (commissioner). They are on the ground right now to do just that, according to reports reaching us.
“We also addressed the issue of compensation at the meeting. The affected retirees were expecting that all related issues could be addressed and payments made to them before this stage.
“Sir, we hold you as a man of honour and would be glad of your timely intervention, most particularly regarding the limit of the demolition exercise. Please sir, help save their houses as much as possible; they are senior citizens – old men and women.”
Also, the Chairman of the Satellite Town Forum, Governor Imitini, urged Dr Salako, the state Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, to compensate those whose houses were demolished.
He said “information reaching me is that some of the homeowners, mostly retirees, are psychologically and emotionally down.”
Imitini said, “I know that this exercise will definitely affect their cognitive, emotional and psychological disposition.
“Lagos State Government, in collaboration with psychologists, should adopt counselling methods to avoid depression.
“This should be done as quickly as possible.
“As much as we at Satellite Town Forum accept the (road) dualisation, nobody should be traumatised as a result of this development.”
Dr Salako has yet to respond to AF24NEWS’ email and text enquiries.