Lagos Assembly Summons Ojo LG Boss

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has summoned the Ojo Local Government Chairman for neglecting the resolution of the House.

The members agreed that the Chairman, Mr. Yinka Durosinmi, should appear before the House on tomorrow by 12 noon.

Members of the electrical section of the demolished Alaba International Market popularly known as ‘D’ Line, had in a petition to the House sometimes in 2009, complained about the demolition and vandalisation of their business premises.

The House had also at its plenary April 2010, passed a resolution that Ojo Local Government should within 14 days of the receipt of the resolution, execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), promising an irredeemable pledge to grant traders of the demolished market the right of first choice of offer for lease of the shops on the ground floor of the proposed shopping mall facing St. Patrick’s Street in the Ojo Local Government Area and behind.

The resolution had it that provided the developer engaged by the Lagos State government would accomplish the construction of the shopping mall within 12 calendar months from February, 2010 and that the local government should provide alternative market at Idera, pending the completion of the new shopping mall.

Ojo Local Government was also to pay N5 million to the traders in order to ameliorate their psychological trauma occasioned by the demolition of their shops within 14 days of the receipt of the House resolution.

The refusal by the chairman to abide by the resolution made a Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, to petition the House on Monday.

“It is with deepest sense of disappointment that we write to inform you that the local government has not complied with the resolution of the House despite several correspondences urging it to honour the resolution made on 12 April, 2010 and to also give effect to the memorandum of understanding executed on 30 April 2010, in satisfaction of the directive by the House.

“It is disheartening that Ojo LG has deliberately refused to honour the resolution of the House, thereby putting our clients’ businesses and source of livelihood in a perpetual state of immobility. This deliberate refusal of the council to honour the resolution must be condemned,”, the petition read in part.

In their reaction, Rotimi Olowo and Sanai Agunbiade both agree on the fact that the chairman has disregarded the House directive as contained in the resolution.

The Majority Leader, Ajibayo Adeyeye, in his contribution, said it is mandatory for the chairman to come and explain himself on why he did not abide by the House resolution.

The House therefore unanimously agreed that the chairman should appear before it unfailingly tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the House has called on the Ministry of the Environment and Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences to dislodge the destitute and hoodlums along Agege Motor Road with a view to preserving the sanity of the area.

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