Each Plot To Cost N1.25 Million For Regularisation, Titles, And Certificate Of Occupancy – LASG
The Lagos State Government has reduced the fees to be paid by land trespassers of the state university by a 67%. This was made known by Dr. Idiat Adebule, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, during a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday in Ikeja.
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According to her, the directive indicates that the trespassers are now to pay a sum of N1.25 million instead of the initial N3.9 million, adding that the reduction followed a due process and the general state of the economy.
According to reports gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, about 682 hectares of land belonging to the Lagos State University have been encroached on by trespassers.
However, Ambode has disclosed that the landlords would now be tenants to the state government instead of LASU authorities, adding that the regularisation (new cost) would cover the legal documents to the land.
He also stated further that the decision to reduce the fees were taken after series of meetings with the affected landlords through their Office of the Surveyor General, Lands Bureau, Community Development Associations, (CDAs), Lands Regularisation, and other government agencies.
He said, “It was jointly concluded that each plot will now cost N1.25 million for regularisation, titles, and Certificate of Occupancy, considering the general state of the economy in the country.”
Ambode added that the decision was taken too because of the landlords’ demands of not wanting to be tenants to LASU anymore and to make payment process flexible.
“We assure you that the government will not demolish any single building in the area for contravention except for those that have deliberately built their houses inside LASU compound. No government will allow private residential homes within an academic environment.”
“You will be informed on the new timeline for the payment of the money as we are creating a seamless payment process that will not authorize payment through any agent for transparency.”
“I’m appealing to you not to offer a bribe to any unsuspected dubious person who may pose as a government official, any landlord that pays through an agent is at his own risk,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the affected landlords, the Baale of Igbo Elerin, Chief Taofeek Oseni, commended the governor for his kindness to the poor.
He said, “Many of us had thought that we would be forced to sell our properties by the time the state government comes out with the amount to be paid.”
“We are happy with the new conditions, but with a plea that the government should also consider a further reduction for those with just half a plot of land.”