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Lagos, Federal government clash over land ownership

03 April 2014, 20:26

Lagos - Lagos State and the Federal Government appear heading for a collision course over land the state planned to build 1 800 housing unit planned under the Lagos Homes Ownership Scheme.

Speaking on the project, the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed that work at the Ilubirin Foreshore Housing Project site had been stopped by soldiers the Federal Government drafted to the unit.

Fashola said he was reliably informed that the  Federal Government decided to stop the project because the land where the housing units was been built belonged to it.

He however refuted the Federal Government claim.

Fashola insisted the military administration of Mobolaji Johnson acquired the land for the state several years ago.

The governor said it was unfortunate that federal government was frustrating the state's effort to provide housing for residents.

“The Ilubirin Foreshore land where we are about to construct our estate was taken over on Saturday by soldiers. This is what we get for giving Jonathan 1.2 million votes from Lagos,” he lamented.

The governor also disclosed that on a land the government wanted to erect 48 flats at Oyingbo, some people had gone to bring soldiers to stop construction.

Comment could not be obtained from the Federal Government by time of publication.

- CAJ News

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