By Evelyn Usman
Owners of property at Iba New Town under Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos Tuesday, appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to approve their demand to be on their own , instead of being tenants to the Lagos State University , LASU which is laying claim on the area.
Briefing newsmen on what he described as a worrisome development, chairman of the landlords under the auspices of Iba New Town Stakeholders Association , Chief Eleodi Okwu, explained that most landlords had bought their respective parcels of lands over three decades before LASU came up with its claim of ownership of the area.
He however, commended the move by the state government to intervene in the matter by calling for a meeting between both parties , where the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule , represented governor Ambode.
He said : “ with the promise made at the recent LASU declaration by the Deputy governor, that our demand of not being LASU tenants would be conveyed to the governor , coupled with the promise that our investments and houses shall not be subjected to demolition are surely signs of good tidings to this town.
“ It is based on this that we are thanking the Lagos State Government for its show of understanding and support. We are full of hope , trust and we passionately appeal for the complete excision of Iba New Town from Government acquisition . We reject in totality the idea of making us LASU tenants .
“ After considering the unfortunate economic situation in the country, coupled with the vast number of houses involved , we appeal that a special rate of direct charge is evolved to enable us obtain our title documents from government. Presently Iba New Town comprises 5000 houses , which owners are prepared to pay directly to the state government”, he said.