Communities Petition Ogun Assembly over Planned Demolition of 4,000 Houses by Government

Residents of Igbusi, Ogan, Abata, Odobada, Ojusango and other communities in Ifo constituency 1, on Thursday appealed to Ogun government to consider their residential buildings for ratification to avoid demolition of over 4,000 houses.

The communities made the appeal through a petition submitted to the House through the Deputy Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, who presented it during plenary in Abeokuta.

Oluomo (Representing APC – Ifo 1) said that the ratification would save over 4,000 residential buildings from being demolished.

According to the deputy speaker, the affected home owners who now fell under government acquisition had allegedly purchased their land from the then village excision.

Ogun Houses“Some years back, the state government granted Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) some land in Pakoto, Ilepa area of Ifo local government area for so many years.

“Along the line, somebody in the last administration misinformed the community that they have been granted village excision and as a result of that land were sold to people out the originally acquired land.

“So, at the end of the day it was resolved that LUTH should hold on to certain percentage of the land then the community should hold on to certain percentage of the land.

“And also that the state government, the rightful owner of the land should hold on to certain percentage of the land.

“We now discovered that about 4, 000 people have built houses including schools for their children on the part of the land that was re-given to the state government.

“It’s an appeal that instead of demolishing over 4 , 000 houses and making thousands of people homeless in that area, government should please allow those who have already built to do ratification and remain on the land.

“Convert their papers to original one, give them permanent access to the land, ” he said. (NAN)

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