Reason We demolished Fela Anikulapo statue Lagos govt. explained - Focus News


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Reason We demolished Fela Anikulapo statue Lagos govt. explained

Lagos State government has revealed  Wednesday, the reason behind the pulling down of Nigeria freedom fighter, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's statue that situated at Allen roundabout. 

The chief press secretary to the State Governor Mr Gboyega Akosile in his statement yesterday, made  it known that the state government made the move in order to ease the traffic gridlock that motorists have been encountering on the road.  yesterday, said that it pulled down the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s statue at Allen Roundabout for the improvement of road infrastructure and to ease traffic gridlock in the state.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the roundabout had been identified as the cause of traffic gridlock in the area so, an improvement for the road infrastructure is needed for easy going of people. 

In his words Akosile said: “We are the ones that erected it as the Lagos State government, the only constant thing in life is change and the state government has decided to change it.”

It should be recalled that the statue was erected in 2017, by the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, in memory and honour of the late Afrobeat legend and freedom fighter, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Mr. Akosile added that “For the improvement of the traffic situation, we realised there is a need to do junction improvement and about five junctions were identified.”

“The five junctions and roundabouts in Iyana-Ejigbo, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Allen Avenue, and Maryland will be reduced to pave way for road expansion and free flow of traffic, he said.

“While Maryland and Allen roundabouts have artworks at the Centre, the statues and sculptures will be removed because of the road engineering work that needs to be done.”

Source: Vanguard

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