By Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos State Government on last Monday commenced inspection of 60 communities in the Lekki axis of the state in an effort which might lead to return of some portions of land to about 257 communities.
The state government however, warned villages, which had illegally encroached on land under acquisition to vacate such places until the state government grants them excision or face the heavy weight of the law.
Speaking at a press briefing held at the state secretariat, Alausa, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Fashola on Land Matters and Chairman of the Technical Committee on Land Excision, Mr. Aina Salami disclosed this while speaking about the state government’s plan to consider applications for land excision.
Salami said “About 257 villages across Lagos have applied to the state government to get more land for farming purposes but their application had not been approved by the Governor. Until the applications are approved, gazetted and Certificates of Occupancy presented to them, the villagers must desist from trespassing”.
He explained that the technical team would commence inspection of the affected villages to ascertain if they were qualified for excision, adding that “government would consider their applications with sincerity.”
His words “By Tuesday 7th December, 2010, the committee will visit Lekki axis where it will assess the population and number of houses in the villages. In our subsequent visits to Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry axes, the committee will duly inform the concerned communities ahead of our visit,”.
However, the Special Assistant explained that the visitation did not signify the approval of the governor to return the land in question but simply one of the stages in the process of considering their applications.