Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, who was; represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, made the disclosure at the stakeholders meeting on Thursday at Alausa, Ikeja.
The Lagos State Government says it has reduced the cost to trespassers of the Lagos State University [LASU] land at Ojo by 67 per cent.
Akinwunmi said by the directive trespassers were now to pay N1.25 million instead of the initial N3.9milion.
The governor said the reduction followed a due process and the general state of the economy. Besides, he said that the landlords would now be tenants to the state government instead of LASU authorities.
Some 682 hectares of land belonging to LASU were; encroached on the trespassers. Akinwunmi said the regularization would cover legal documents to the property.
He said that decision was; taken after series of meetings with affected landlords through their community Development Associations; Office of the Surveyor General, Lands Bureau, Lands Regularization and other government agencies.
It was jointly concluded that each plot will now cost N1.25M for regularization, titles and certificates of occupancy, considering the general state of the economy in the country.
Akinwunmi added that his government granted the landlords’ demands of not wanting to be tenants to LASU anymore to put an end to the dispute and to make payment process flexible.
We assure you that the government will not demolish any single building in the area for contravention except for those that have deliberately built their houses inside LASU compound.
No government will allow private residential homes within an academic environment.
You will be informed on a new timeline for the payment of money as we are; creating a seamless payment process that will not authorize payment through any agent for transparency.
I’m appealing to you not to offer bribe to any unsuspected dubious person who may pose as government official, any landlord that pays through any agent is at his own risk, he said.
Responding on behalf of the affected landlords, the Baale of Igbo Elerin, Chief Taofeek Oseni, lauded Ambode for his kindness to the poor.
Many of us had thought that we would be; forced to sell our properties by the time the state government comes out with the amount to be; paid.
We are happy with new conditions, nut with a plea that the government should also; consider a further reduction for those with just half a plot of land.”Oseni said.