The move by Lagos State government to remove some roundabouts identified as major causes of gridlock being experienced by motorists in the state will claim the statue of late Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the Allen Avenue Roundabout, Ikeja.
The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had said the removal of the roundabouts and street furniture, such as giant billboards, would give room for road expansion and strategically ease traffic congestion in some parts of the metropolis.
Four roundabouts located in Ikotun, 2nd roundabout on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Allen Avenue roundabout and Maryland — have been identified as the major causes of gridlock in the state.
The iconic Fela Statue commissioned by the immediate past Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in October 15, 2019 in honour of Fela would be pulled down to give way to a free flow of traffic at the Allen junction.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile told FlipTV on Saturday that the statue like others would be relocated to a yet to be disclosed location. It is expected that the artiste who created the works would be called to exhume where necessary and relocate appropriately to new locations before bulldozers move in to the sites.
As at last Wednesday, bulldozer had been stationed at the Allen Roundabout site of the statue. Reacting to the development, son of the late music icon, Femi said he’s indifferent to the decision of the state to pull the statue down neither would he suggest the place to relocate it.