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Retired Naval officer petitions Sanwo-Olu over illegal sale of green areas in state

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A retired Naval officer, Rear Admiral Ibukunle Olaiya (Retd), has protested the illegal sale of green areas near Block 113, Lekki Phase 1 by officials of the Lagos State Government against the original master plan that reserved the space for essential public infrastructure.

The retired officer in separate letters to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Commissioner for the Environment, Tokunbo Wahab, for himself and on behalf of concerned Lagosians and residents in the Lekki axis, said it is a matter of grave concern that the green areas have been allocated to someone, who has begun construction.

His letter titled: “Urgent attention needed: illegal sales of Green Areas near Block 113, Lekki Phase 1” and dated April 26, 2024, Admiral Olaiya said those areas are being sold for personal gains.

His words: “Despite designated green spaces intended for essential infrastructural development, such as road and drainage expansions, and the construction of a light train to accommodate the growing population, these areas are being unlawfully sold for personal gain.

“It is disheartening to witness such actions, particularly considering the significant investments and efforts made in the Lekki-Epe axis over the years.

“Your administration’s commitment to infrastructure development, education, and the preservation of the state’s original master plan has been commendable.

“However, it is troubling to see certain individuals tarnish these efforts by engaging in illegal allocations, especially under your watch as a surveyor by profession.”

Attaching the Survey Plan of Block 113 as evidence, the Petitioner implored the governor to address the issue with the seriousness it deserves.

He, therefore, urged him to intervene and halt the illegal activities.

In the letter to the Commissioner, he warned that there could be grave consequences in future, “if this illegality is allowed to thrive and the good actions of the Lagos State Government to demolish houses built on canals and setbacks would be difficult to justify.”

The Petitioner wondered why such should be occurring despite the existence of regulatory bodies like the Ministry of Physical Planning and the New Town Development Agency, tasked with overseeing development in the area.

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