AFERO commercial farmers at Epe have lamented the refusal of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) from the Lagos state government, which they claimed has denied them of so many amenities.
In a parley with pressmen, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, a stakeholder of Afero commercial farms, said that over N1 billion has been invested on the farms, adding that initially, government said they wanted to use the land for the construction of an international airport, but when the surveyors came to survey the land, they said they only needed about 2 hectares of land, which does not affect the farm land.
“The surveyors that came to inspect the land said they only needed about two hectares, and that our farm land will not be affected in any way, so why we are being denied of C of O is what I cannot comprehend.
We are seeking the indulgence of the government to please in their wisdom grant our request for a C of O so that the statutory title can be given” he said.
Fasehun declared that on several occasions, he had spoken with people in the Lagos state government over the issue and has also spoken to Governor Fashola on the plight of the farmers but has up to date, not gotten any concrete reply on the issue.
“The governor knows my view about this farm land, we have mentioned it several times, he is a man of action, I know if he could spend some time out of his tight schedule and visit this place, he will be totally convinced that what we are doing here will not only help Lagosians but Nigerians when it comes to agricultural production” he said.