Magodo: Lagos seeks 549 plots of land for aggrieved Shangisha owners

THE Lagos State government is currently seeking 549 plots of land to finally resolve the ongoing dispute over Magodo Estate land in the Shangisha region of the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday shortly after meeting with various stakeholders involved in the land dispute at the banquet hall of Lagos State Government House in Ikeja , said the government would identify the lands in the Shangisha Estate and other parts of the state for the state to obtain the 549 plots of land for the aggrieved owners to resolve the land dispute that had lasted for more than 38 years .

Governor Sanwo-Olu and stakeholders also agreed that the police officers who had besieged the area be withdrawn.

The meeting brought together representatives of the Shangisha Homeowners Association, the Magodo Residents Association, stakeholder lawyers and senior government officials.

The governor said to that end that the long-standing committee set up by the state government should get to work from Friday to ensure the case is resolved.

The governor said: “We met with the various stakeholders involved in the Magodo land dispute, including officers and cabinet members of the Lagos State government, officers and men from the Inspector General’s offices. police in Abuja and Abuja. The FCT police command representing this office, Baba Adeyiga and his lawyer and his son. We have a member of the board of directors of the Association of Residents of Magodo, the president of the Association of Residents of Magodo and a few other officers of the Association of Residents of Magodo.

“We have their lawyers who represent the stakeholders, the different families. It was a packed house and we all listened to all parties and stakeholders a lot.

“I am happy to inform the gentlemen of the press that the questions have been well asked; we do not disagree or be in error that there is a Supreme Court judgment or a judgment that says the Lagos State government should give 549 plots to the Shangisha Landlords Association. All of this was put into context and it was decided that the committee that the state government had set up before should now get to work immediately, which means that from Friday they will be working with the parties. stakeholders, identifying the plots of land available around Shangisha. region. Drones will be piloted, surveys will be carried out and the available plots will be identified.

“In the event that available plots are identified, allocations will be made in a timely manner and additional plots, if we do not have the correct numbers, will also be identified in mutually acceptable places with other stakeholders.

“The government will also revise the list of all beneficiaries, 549 of them, and we will ensure that the injustice suffered by the Shangisha Homeowners Association for 38 years, provides us with restitution and gives them the deserved plots. .

“We also agreed that there should be a de-escalation of police movements in Magodo because we all agreed that we can resolve these issues on the table between us, and the process has started and so it is not necessary that the men of the police force come from Abuja or elsewhere in Magodo and that the peace for which Magodo is known is assured.

“The Shangsha Homeowners’ Association that appealed to the court also received assurances that in the near future, the allocation of plots of land would be awarded to them once the full determination of the areas was established.

“We will all report and work in a transparent manner, ensuring impartiality and fairness, justice will be served and we will ensure that at the end of the day we have a win-win situation, stakeholders will be happy, residents will be happy and the government would have been seen to have done what is fair, just and equitable for all.

Responding to questions from reporters, the chairman of the Shangisha Homeowners Association, Chief Adebayo Adeyiga, said that although the meeting was cordial, it was only the start of a long process to resolve the dispute.

Adeyiga said: “From what has happened since the last administration, I am a little optimistic, not too optimistic because I know officials. When we come here now we see a lot of people who have not gone to court come here and they want to hide under our judgment to get something from the government. For 38 years, they did not go to court, they did not file any cases anywhere in court.

“Let’s see what the government will do. I don’t know anyone other than my members who have fought with me for the past 38 years.

“I asked my lawyer to convey my demands to the governor. The request is that the remaining land be donated to the Shangisha Landowners Association. The rest, they will pay upon ratification and give us a bonus. “We are not going to move elsewhere because these people, you don’t know, on the pretext that they could have taken another piece of land from other people and put us there. That’s why I rejected another relocation from the start. I will be ready to engage with the government.

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