Lagos state wage war on Illegal Structure: The Lagos State Government has expressed its determination to remove all contravening structures from the proposed site for its Workers Village in order to commence construction work in earnest.
The Honourable Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ engagement forum with community leaders of Ejigbo, Ishefun and Ayobo in Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.
Akinderu-Fatai said, “The State Government is eager to deliver on its promises to the people in the area of housing as the issue of accommodation deficit is becoming very challenging due to rapid urbanisation in the State”.
He noted that the State Government has a target of constructing 608 two-bedroom flats at Ishefun in Alimosho area, especially for workers, in order to reduce the financial barrier faced by this category of citizens in their aspiration for homeownership.
The Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Housing, Mr. Bisi Yusuf, informed the community leaders that the proposed housing scheme is for the development of the area and will yield greater dividends than the selfish ends served by the encroachers.
He emphasised that the government will take back the land from encroachers by demolishing the obstructing structures as the land in question rightfully belongs to the State Government.
He also appealed that those affected should vacate the vicinity as the removal of the illegal encumbrance will begin as soon as all due processes have been observed.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola, overruled the possibility of compensation to the owners of the contravening structures, saying “The land was illegally acquired by the people”.