By Franklin Alli
LAGOS State Government said it will soon start demolishing all illegal structures on land within the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ).
The state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said in a statement that private estate developers and land grabbers have illegally encroached on the land and are to face the wrath of the law.
He said the massive encroachments were needless on a land already acquired by government and committed to a project that would bring succour to residents of the State.
Ogunleye advised members of the public to be wary of dubious advertisements on land purchase beside the Lekki Free Zone sponsored by private estate developers, stressing that the 16,347 hectares Lekki Free Zone land acquired for development by the state government remains a ‘No-Go-Area’ for any developmental activities other than the purpose for which it was acquired.
He said, “Any private developer or land speculator deceiving members of the public into purchasing the parcels of land at LFZ are on their own because the state government will start demolishing all illegal structures already erected within the acquired areas by the Lagos state government.”
Also speaking, the state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, advised potential land buyers to always approach the Ministry for necessary planning information that would be provided free-of-charge.
Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami, urged residents of the area to key into the long term benefits of the Zone to the various communities instead of encroaching on the land.
“The benefits to Lekki Free Zone to Epe division is enormous, about 750 hectares of land had been given as resettlement, in addition to the excision granted by the state government and several other intervention in form of monetary compensation from the state government to the beneficiaries,” Folami stated.