NTDA BOSS EXPLAINS REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT IDERA PRIVATE ESTATE DEVELOPER'S SCHEME.
Lagos State Government has embarked on the removal of all illegal encroachment within its Idera Private Estate Developer's Scheme in Ibeju lekki Local Government Area in view of an overriding public interest.
The Acting General Manager of New Towns Development Authority (NTDA), Tpl. Olakunle Aboyeji said that the removal exercise followed an approval received by the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to remove all illegal developments comprising of developed buildings /structures, buildings under construction, gated houses, metal containers, service facilities, storage facilities amongst others .
He recalled that the Lagos State Official Gazette No. 20 Vol 26 stating the notice of revocation of Right of Occupancy was issued as far back as 13th May,1993 where it was highlighted that all parcels of land stretching from Maroko eastward to the boundary of Lagos Lagoon, Lekki Lagoon and Omu Creek in the South by the Atlantic Ocean including Refuge Island, Erekusu and Ita Oko Island, excluding all established villages, towns and settlements in Eti-Osa and Ibeju Lekki Local Government spanning an area of approximately 823.0km was acquired for overriding public interest since 1981 for the construction of Lower, Medium and Upper income Housing Scheme as well as the construction of Schools, Hospitals and Private Estate Developer's Scheme.
Tpl. Aboyeji said that the Idera Scheme was being repossessed for its proposed use explaining the reason behind the removal of all illegal structures and shanties built on the site.
He emphasized that all illegal occupants on the landmass had been served a several notices and seven-day 'Removal Order' upon expiration of which the demolition exercise took effect yesterday 20th August, 2020.
He stressed that the purpose of the global acquisition for the Idera Scheme was conceived and designed in 2004 by the State Government through the New Towns Development Authority as one of the Private Sector Developer's Programme (PSDP) covering an area of 1040.893 hectares of land. The Scheme he said was designed for lump sum land allocation to facilitate large scale physical development within Lekki corridor for interested Private Estate Developers.
Aboyeji noted with dismay that despite notices served on the illegal development within the scheme by individuals, private estate developers and land speculators, construction activities still continued on abated without proof of land title or approved building plan.
He hinted that some site selections had already been carried out within Idera and promised that any illegal structure that can hinder government’s proposed development plan in its Schemes will no longer be permitted or tolerated.
The Acting General Manager maintained that the era of all illegal acquisitions/development on government schemes has come to an end.