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Akute Residents Appeal To Fashola, Amosun Over Demolition Notice

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 9:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Adebisi, Lagos.


Residents of Akute, Baale Akin-Osi and Oke Aro Community Development Committees (CDCs) in Ogun State have appealed to Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to temper justice with mercy over the 7-day demolition notice served to them for constructing buildings along Lagos State Water Corporation pipeline.

The notice, served by Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Board on Tuesday May 12 stated that failure to remove the said contravention within seven days from the date of service of the notice, the structures would be demolished.

Addressing the media on Thursday, the chairman of the Joint CDCs Appeal Committee, Rev. Joshua Adegbola appealed to both state governors to reconsider its stand bearing in mind that no fewer than 6000 structures would be affected rendering about 60,000 inhabitants homeless.

“We appealed that the initial 50 metres set-back should be reduced to 20 metres so that thousands of people will not be homeless. As it stands, no fewer than 6000 houses, mosques and churches will be affected if government goes ahead with the 50 metres set-back. We wish to intimate the government that most of the affected house owners are aged and retirees who have no steady means of livelihood any longer. Pulling down their homes will further aggravate their predicaments,” he said.

Apart from numerous religious worship centres, it was also observed that the only public school at Baale Akin-Osi, Local Authority Primary School, Ifo Local Government and several private schools will also be demolished if the order is carried out.

Grand patron of the CDCs, Ifo constituency, Alhaji Ganiu Busari said though the water project will be beneficial, the paramount goal of the All Progressive Party (APC) government to build an enviable nation with outstanding change would be jeopardised.

“Some of these residents have been here for the past 35 years. Where will they start from? Some of our children do not know where we came from. This is the only hope that we have and this is only place they know. Since the notice has been served, some of these old-aged people have fallen sick and dying. We call on our reputable leaders, Senator Ahmed Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, our own Ibikunle Amosun and other well-meaning progressives to intervene in this matter. We are appealing and not claiming any right,” he said.