By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS — Supreme Court has fixed March 14, 2013 for hearing in a motion over which tier of government should issue consent for transactions on federal lands in Lagos State, which the Federal Government filed a suit against Lagos State Government.
Filing a motion for judgment, the Federal Government, who gave fiat to Olisa Agbakoba & Associates to challenge the practice in the Supreme Court in its original jurisdiction, asked the Supreme Court to enter judgment for the Federal Government in default of the defence of Lagos State, noting that Lagos State has filed a Memorandum of Appearance but failed to file a defence.
In the suit, Federal Government is asking the apex court to declare that Lagos State has no power under the Land Use Act to issue consent in respect of lands owned by the Federal Government in Lagos State.
The practice which involves billions of naira in land revenue to Lagos State has resulted in a face-off between the two tiers of government, with the former Attorney General of Lagos State Olasupo Shasore, SAN, admitting in a letter dated 19th July, 2010 that the issue might require a judicial pronouncement.
While the Federal Government issues consent, Lagos State government insists on issuing its own consent in a practice called “regularisation”.