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Lagos state to demolish 400 Ogun houses

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The Lagos state government is set to demolish over 400 houses in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.

Residents and Landlords in Agbado-Okearo area of Ifo local government have pleaded to the Ogun state governor to intervene on the behalf against the Lagos state water corporation’s plan to demolish their houses.

The appeal was made by the chairman of Agbado-Okearo Community Development Association, Samson Abegunde, via a statement to the Ogun state governor to talk to the Lagos state governor not to demolish their homes.

The chairman said the Lagos state government intends to lay water pipelines through the area all the way into Lagos.

The chairman added that some of the residents in the area have been living there without any of such issues arising since 1972.

He said, “We are appealing to Governor Dapo Abiodun, a listening and sympathetic governor, to assist us, the landlords, by prevailing on his Lagos counterpart to stop the demolition of our houses.

“The community has been in existence since after the civil war, while the water corporation was established in 1986.

“Also, most landlords in the community have the necessary documents, including approved plans by the Ogun State Government.”

He also said that the last time the Lagos state government embarked on such a project, many landlords died without any compensation.

He proposed that the LSWC can lay the pipes behind the water works in the area as an alternative route to Lagos.

The Lagos state commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso said the project was a collaborative effort between both states and compensation plans will be made for affected residents.

The commissioner said, “The Ogun and Lagos state governments are collaborating on the Adiyan waterworks and nobody is going to demolish anybody’s house illegally. The compensation for the community is ready but we are waiting for the paper work from the Ogun State Government.”

“The two governments are meeting; nobody is going to take anybody’s property by force. The people have nothing to fear; Lagos is ready to pay compensation.”

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