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One year after demolition, Badia residents say compensation is paltry

BADIA-EAST-111Shortly before the anniversary of the demolition, the state governor, Fashola announced that the state government had approved the sum of N284.4 million for the displaced 319 landlords and 1, 933 residents.

Clarifying this, Ipaye said; “The fund is only for those who claimed to have been living in the portion of land that was actually cleared. The state government is actually borrowing the money from the World Bank which is  involved as lender of the funds for Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Programme, LMDGP.

The money for affected persons is to be paid fully by Lagos state government. The LMDG funds advanced to Lagos state government for slum upgrade are a loan to be repaid in full, not a donation or grant.”
But according to Tedunjaiye; “With the new compensation structure, displaced tenants will collect N90, 000 each while landlords will get between  N174, 000 and N309, 000.”    Faulting government’s position on compensation,

Ms. Megan Chapman,
A human rights lawyer handling the issue of displaced Badia residents for Social and Economic Rights Action Centre, SERAC, in an interview said; “Shortly after the demolition, SERAC petitioned the World Bank on behalf of Badia East residents. The World Bank agreed that because of the Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project, LMDGP, the World Bank’s safeguard policies on resettlement should apply to the February 23 Badia demolition.

“The LASG must therefore come up with a resettlement action plan, RAP, for all persons affected by the demolition. It is unfortunate that government’s quoted compensation amounts are lower than the earlier agreed compensations. In September 2013, an agreement was reached for compensation that will benefit 2,252 displaced households which amounted to nearly three million dollars. “The community representatives agreed on N114,000 per tenant or household and between N261,000 and N532,000 per landlord  to offset the loses  they suffered.”

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Oshindele, the Iyalode of Iganmu-Alawo in her submission said; “The money approved by the state government isn’t enough compared to what we lost in the demolition exercise. For instance, I had 12 rooms while the government is ready to pay me a  mere N309, 000.

“This is a far cry from what is needed  to erect the structure alone. Where do they want me to start?”
Oshindele urged the state government to reconsider its stand and fulfil its promises, adding; “if the government can relocate us, we will be happy because that will reduce the suffering.”


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