INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Government and the affected parties of the Magodo Phase II Estate have reached an agreement over the ongoing Magodo/Shangisha land dispute.
The concession is that the State Government will provide 549 plots within Shangisha to the affected stakeholders as directed by the Supreme Court in a judgement about 10 years ago.
But in the event of a shortfall in the area, the government, in the agreement with the parties, will provide ‘alternative plots of land’.
The agreement was reached on January 5, 2022, at a meeting attended by some top officials of the state, Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, policemen from the Force Headquarters, members of the Shangisha Landlords’ Association, their lawyers as well as the executive and trustees of the Magodo Residents’ Association.
The meeting was presided over by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who told reporters that his administration was determined to ensure fairness, justice, transparency, and equity in the dispute.
According to him; “I am happy to inform gentlemen of the press that the issues had been well laid out. We are not in any disagreement or misconception about the fact that there is a Supreme Court judgment or a judgment that says Lagos State should give 549 plots to the Shangisha Landlord Association, and all of that had been taken into context and resolved that the committee set up before now should get to work immediately.
“This means that from Friday, they will be working with the stakeholders, identifying available plots of land around Shangisha areas, drones will be flown, surveys will be made and available plots will be identified. If available plots are identified, allocations will be made timely and additional plots, if we don’t have the right numbers, will work on mutually agreeable locations with the other stakeholders.”
He further added that; ‘’The government will also review the list of all the allottees, 549 of them, and we will ensure that the injustice the Shangisha Landlords’ Association had suffered for 38 years, is restituted.‘“We also agreed that there should be a de-escalation of police movement in Magodo because we have all agreed that we can resolve these things on the table among ourselves.”
“The process has started and so there is no need for men of the police to come from either Abuja or wherever into Magodo again,” Sanwo-Olu concluded.
In his comments, the Chairman of Shangisha Land Owners, Adebayo Adeyiga, said they agreed with the Governor’s decision to end the dispute amicably.
Adeyiga however described the meeting as the beginning of a long process for the resolution of the disagreement.
He said: ‘’From what has happened from the last administration, I am a little bit optimistic, not overly optimistic. Let’s see what the government will do; I don’t know anybody other than my members who have fought with me for the past 38 years.
‘’I have asked my lawyer to give the governor my demands. The demand is that the remaining land there be given to the Shangisha Landlords Association, the rest, they will pay on ratification, or pay gratuity to us.”