On August 4th, 2014, last Monday to be precise, residents of Omole Phase II Estate, in Ojodu area of the state, staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly, alleging that the state government was breaking its own laws by erecting high rise structures in the area they had ruled would only be for low density buildings.
They accused government of impunity in its action on the erection of four floor buildings expected to accommodate 24 families within Estate.
The building scheme, tagged, Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme, Lagos HOMS, is one of the many affordable accommodation projects Lagos State Government has embarked upon to increase housing for Lagos residents.
The residents association in their protest also alleged that government had refused to respond to the issues raised in their protest letters earlier sent. Spokesman of Omole Phase II Estate, Dr. Nick Idoko, blasted government for its insensitivity, impunity and utter disregard to the residents.
According to him: “Government is acting with impunity by disregarding the extant status of which the estate was established where it was stated that the scheme was for low density area and not the high density structures government is now putting up.”
He recalled that at a time some owners had wanted to erect buildings with floors they were stopped y government which claimed it was against approved plan for the area. “How come same government now erected a four-floor building without considering implications of their action. In a civilised society this can not happen.”
Idoko who added that the matter is already in court, accused government of haven frustrated the court process as the case had been stalled.
He explained: “Yes, we are in court, we went to court when they started the project but along the line the trial Judge was elevated to the Appeal Court and since then the case is yet to be reassigned by the court.
“At least, as the case is still in court government should maintain status quo. We went to court when all avenues to get the listening hear of relevant authorities failed.
However, state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, , Olutoyin Ayinde, at a press briefing, in reaction to the development, said the government had done nothing wrong by constructing the blocks of flats to accommodate 24 families on the abandoned parcel of land within the estate which aimed at enhancing accommodation for the teeming populace of the state.