LAGOS GOVERNMENT PULL DOWN FELA’S STATUE
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Jide Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile while defending the action 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,” .
Penpushing further reports that, Akosile emphasized that the removal would aid the expansion of the road and ease traffic gridlock, adding, “for the improvement of 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. 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.”
The Chief Press Secretary added that the artworks and statues are being removed and relocated to a more appropriate place where they would not cause problems, stating further that about 60 traffic gridlock points have been identified in the State and the Government is working on them to bring relief to the populace.
Penpushing also reports that, the statue called The Liberation Statue was erected to mark the 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of the deceased, by the Ambode administration, with the immediate past Governor saying that Fela would forever be accorded his position in the global hall of fame of artistes.