Communities in Epe Local government area of Lagos State, comprising about 120 families, under the aegis of Eyin-Osa United Kinkdom Development Association EUKDA, have sought the intervention of Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode over the proposed enumeration of their landed property by the state government.
Speaking on the procedure government officials put forward for the conduct of the enumeration exercise, the association’s executive headed by Chief Muftau A. Shittu, noted that the group is opposed to such procedure, describing it as an attempt to defraud the land owners of “their God-given inheritance”.
At a media parley last week, the association’s representatives noted that government usually carries out enumeration, first, by identifying land owners, counts developments on such land, like burial ground, huts, shrines, including crops to determine the payment to the owners.
“However, our association, for the past 14 years that different administrations have been toying with this mode of enumeration for compensation, has been rejecting it, not because it is not only inadequate, but also, a callous means to take away our inheritance, by which the over 120 families would become homeless!”, the group said.
Moreso, EUKDA noted that based on the experience by which the government, under the guise of overriding public interest, has dispossessed owners of their ancestral land, the communities were said to receive with shock from government officials that the planned enumeration has come to stay and that it would be forcefully carried out.
Chief Shittu, who said officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Industry are ready to carry out the exercise, disclosed that in their letter dated September 7, 2017, addressed to the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, signed by Messrs Mufutau Shittu, who is the Chairman of their association, and Kabiru A. Shabi, the Secretary, they listed their requests to include; 45 percent as the minimum of the entire lands to be excised in the name of the association; that Certificate of Occupancy C of O, be provided in the name of the association within the affected land area, which is Eyin-Osa area and ancestral homeland of their members, that the compensation that would be agreed by both parties, should be made in cash with the current value and rate at the period of payment and that before any enumeration on the land begins, the term of enumeration and compensation must be agreed upon and signed by both parties.
The group also intimated the Commissioner over what it called “Land Overlapping Scenario”, by the statement credited to the Office of Surveyor-General of Lags State, who stated that the total land area of Eyin-Osa was 3,342 hectares and that the total land area according to survey plans submitted by the group was 11,361.70 hectares and that the land owners should find a way of resolving the difference.