Yesterday, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA demolished 21 buildings erected illegally on government’s land meant to develop mass housing around Ogudu area of the state.
The parcel of land measuring 7.6 hectares at Abule Shoko area, Ogudu is said to belong to the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, LSDPC, meant to develop mass housing project of the state government.
Officials of LASBCA stormed the slummy area in the morning and began immediate demolition as residents scampered to get out their belongings. The state government said it issued quit notices to residents of the area one year ago and followed it up with another notice four months ago, but noted that residents refused to vacate their apartments.
General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde said government had a plan to use the parcel of land which belonged to it for mass housing development, adding that the affected buildings had been marked for demolition a year ago.
He said residents encroached on the land illegally and that LASBCA was reclaiming the land for mass housing development.
“We came here to remove the structures as we have marked them a year ago. The last exercise was four months ago. These structures are not habitable. Our duty is to ensure that government’s land is not encroached on. The land belongs to the LSDPC and we won’t be here if the land does not belong to them. This land is part of the Rent-to-own programme of the state government,” he said.