By Kenneth Ehigiator
Members of the Board of Directors of African Cancer Centre, meant for Okorisun in Epe-Lekki area of Lagos, have appealed to the state government to urgently intervene to ward off owners of a Chinese firm (names withheld) encroaching on the land donated by the government for the project.
The directors alleged that the firm mobilised armed mobile police men to chase them out of site of the project, which execution is expected to take off soon.
They alleged further that progenitor of the centre, Professor Olufemi Williams,had suffered harassment severally from this Chinese firm.
Speaking in Lagos on the matter, Professor Femi Williams, Director of the Centre, disclosed that the Lagos State Government gave them the land to build the very first African Cancer Centre in Nigeria.
He produced the Certificate of Occupancy from the Lagos State Government and wondered why the land was encroached upon by the Chinese firm.
Professor Williams said: “The Chinese paid Mobile Policemen to drive away anybody that comes to our site and we feel embarrassed by their action.”
According to him, “the Lagos State Government gave us this land since they realized the importance of building a Cancer Centre which would take care of sickness that has ravaged and killed many of our citizens and has become a scourge.
“We are appealing to the Lagos State Government to help us to drive them so that we can commence work on the Centre. We believe in the rule of law and that is why we have a Certificate of Occupancy to show that we are the rightful owners of the plots of land and the Lagos State Government should please establish our boundaries.”