The proposed Ogun State light rail project is to be redesigned, to reduce the number of property marked for demolition to create a corridor for the project in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun lists some of the structures to give way to the proposed rail corridor in Abeokuta, as including the Baptist Church and Saint Anne Catholic Church, both in Ibara, and the new shopping malls at Omida in the original plan of the project.
Amosun who made this known while receiving the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Samson Ayokunle at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, said the number of buildings to be affected, has compelled the state government to consider the redesigning of the project, whose construction is scheduled to have begun next month.
The Governor explained that Chinese Construction and Engineering Corporation (CCEC) awarded the contract for the project, has been invited to redesign the light rail project.
One of the options being considered in the new design, according to Amosun is the construction of an elevated concrete structure on the rail corridor to reduce the number of buildings to be demolished for the project.
Earlier, the CAN president, who also is the national president of Baptist Convention, had visited the Governor to plead with him to reduce the scope of demolition of the Ibara Baptist Church, for the proposed ten-lane expressway project in Abeokuta.