Illegal structures along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for demolition – Amosun
By Our reporter
Friday January 27, 2012
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has vowed that no illegal structures located along Ogun State axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would be spared. Addressing a Town Hall meeting organised by the Bureau of Lands with allottees of plots of land located at the HillCrest GRA, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the governor revealed that a Government White Paper on land allocation and management in the state would soon be published by the government. He said the White Paper would spell out the details of land allocation plans of the government, adding that the document would be immediately gazetted to give it a force of law.
Governor Amosun explained that he was surprised that despite freezing further developments “along the Lagos-Ibadan corridor, some people still go ahead and continue with development. Every day when you pass through that road, you see people developing the land after you have advised them to stop work. The unfortunate aspect of it is that many of those located on the corridor have not perfected their approval documents. Yet, they don’t bother to come to the government to perfect their papers.
“That is unacceptable for us as a government. We won’t allow lawlessness, but since they flouted the order then, when we start checking the records, we won’t hesitate to demolish whatever they may have put on the land. Any structure that is illegal there will have to go,” he said. The governor also flayed allocation policy of the last administration.
He revealed that the area the immediate past government earmarked as Hill Crest GRA is in-accessible, adding that non-existing plots of land were allocated to unsuspecting members of the public who were made to pay for them. Senator Amosun who deplored the chaos that has been the lot of land allocation in the state, vowed to put in place an enduring process that will last the test of time.
According to him, “what we found on the ground is a rule of the thumb and haphazard arrangement where anything goes, and you can get anything so far you know someone up there. No definite pattern; no plans. But what we will do is to have a standard practice where all you need to do is go to Bureau of Lands and get things done without knowing anyone. The template will be system-driven.” Senator Amosun said, “The way they managed land was very wrong. They have no regards for the state master plan, which states where what should stand. For instance, in the Ogun State Master Plan, there are places designed for industrial and agriculture purposes, but they allocated residential lands in places designed for agriculture.
They even gave out some lands that contain limestone in Sagamu. “There is one case of a zone earmarked as suitable for rice plantation. They said the place could produce as much rice as Thailand, but without regards to all that, they gave it out for residential purposes. Where is the place of Agriculture that the late Pa Obafemi Awolowo used to develop the Western Region in all of that?” he said. The governor explained that he decided to rub minds with the stakeholders so that they will “ know the thinking of government and government will also be able to know their problems first hand before publishing any white paper.”