Lagos State Government Has Removed Fela’s Statue

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Lagos State government has decided to pull down the statue of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti on Allen Avenue due to the heavy traffic congestion in the city  to ease traffic. This is two years after former Governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode commissioned a statue of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti at Allen Avenue in Ikeja, the monument has been pulled by the state’s government. Other roundabouts that causes gridlock in the state were said to be located at Ikotun, Lekki-Epe expressway and Maryland  were pulled down also to expand narrow roads and ease congestion.

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The Babajide Sanwo-Olu led Lagos government has pulled down a statue of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti on Allen Avenue, in the Ikeja area of the state. The Liberation Statue was erected in honour of Fela by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. . However, Sanwo-Olu had informed Lagosians weeks ago that a couple of roundabouts in the city would have to be dismantled to ease traffic in a city famous for its perennial gridlock. The Allen roundabout where Fela's statue was mounted, is one of those roundabouts. . Similar roundabouts have been pulled down in Lekki and elsewhere in the metropolis to expand narrow roads and ease congestion. . While identifying the statue as a major cause of gridlock in the state, Sanwo-Olu's spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile said the artwork will be relocated to an area where it won’t cause traffic. . Recall that Ambode on Sunday, October 15, 2017, unveiled the monument, dubbing it a 'Liberation Statue' . #PulseNigeria #PulseNews #Fela #SanwoOlu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile who confirmed that the statue has been pulled down, said the roundabout where the statue was situated made the list of four roundabouts identified by the current administration as the major cause of gridlock in the state.

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