By Taiwo Ajayi
The Ekiti State Government has commenced the marking and enumeration phase of its redevelopment project for the notorious Atikankan area of Ado Ekiti. This initiative is part of the government’s broader efforts to improve living conditions, enhance safety, and promote sustainable development in the state capital.
The project follows extensive consultations and agreements with concerned stakeholders in the area, demonstrating the government’s commitment to working collaboratively with the community. In a recent stakeholders’ engagement and advocacy tour, Hon. Oladapo Karounwi, the Honorable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, underscored the urgent need for a transformation in Atikankan, citing its high crime rate and substandard living conditions.
The redevelopment project will encompass a comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges in the Atikankan area. It aims to tackle environmental pollution, enhance safety, reduce unnecessary congestion, and elevate the overall aesthetic appeal of both the district and the State capital.
“The government is gearing up for the imminent demolition of the acquired structures in the area,” stated Hon. Karounwi. “However, this process will be preceded by fair compensation to affected property owners, ensuring that no one is left behind in this endeavor.”
The government has urged residents to collaborate with the authorities and recognize the collective benefits that this initiative will bring to the community. The redevelopment of Atikankan is expected to revitalize the area, fostering a more vibrant and livable environment for all residents.