Barely three years after receiving Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), member communities in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State has appealed to the state government to expedite actions in the remuneration of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable its people enjoy the benefit of investments the area is attracting as a new commercial hub.
Already the communities under the auspices of Lekki Coastal Area Development Association (Resettlement Committee) received a C of O for 375.03 hectares in 2014 after they relinquished their ownership of 7,500 hectares of land for the development of Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).
Speaking at during a courtesy visit to announce the official takeover of land at the weekend, Chairman of the Association, Wasiu Ayeola, applauded efforts of the state government in bringing investments to the communities, stating that the essence of free trade zone is to develop humanity.
Ayeola said land is a major factor of production and has the potential of generating investments. Now that the area is donating its land for investments of multi billion dollars, we want to enjoin the state government and companies coming on board to ensure the benefits of the investments are firstly given to the communities before spreading to other areas.
He said the association is aware of some infiltrations perpetrated by people who are planning to cause havoc and crisis in the local government and is ready to take lawful actions against illegal occupants, buyers and sellers.
The Onibeju of Ibeju, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, said the community serves as the economic hub of the country and indeed the West African sub region. He said there is a MoU which states clearly the benefits to the community, although the enumeration have been carried out but not fully because of the outstanding compensation, which should not be kept aside.
His words: “Severally I have been attacked on issues regarding to the land but I have always stood my grounds. I want the government to ensure that all I went through was not in vain. We all realise that the purpose of the land is for the purpose of development and we would like to be part of the progress the government is set to achieve.
He appealed to the state government to fulfil its promises, stating that it is imperative that the benefits are given back to Lekki central zone.
Executive Director, Technical, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited (LIWL), Bello Ismail, said in line with the mandate of the State, investors, community and the land; we want everything to be in order, we don’t want everything to be in isolation and the purpose it is meant for. We want the place to be a free and fair environment even for investors. If there are any challenges it should be channelled to the appropriate authorities