26th September, 2012
The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Administration and Chieftaincy Affairs of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olanrewaju Oshun, has directed the management of the Agbado Oke Odo Local Council Development Area to be fair, just and transparent in the allocation of the shops in Alagbado area of the state to traders.
Oshun gave the charge when he received a petition from shop owners at the Unity Market over planned demolition of the market located on AIT Road, Kola-Bus Stop in Alagbado.
The petitioners accused the LCDA of attempting to sideline them in the allocation of the shops.
The lawmaker, who mediated in a meeting between the traders and council representatives, advised the council to consider allottees who have valid documents for shop allocation rather than considering those who did not have shops in the area prior to the demolition.
The Committee Chairman also advised the leadership of the market and the council officials to engage the service of the Office of Public Defender (OPD) to sign an agreement on the allocation of shops to authentic owners, adding that copies of the agreement should be made available to the House.
“We, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, as people of integrity would not do anything that would negatively affect the lives of the people who voted us into power.
“You need to, therefore, sit together at the OPD and sign the agreement of allocation so that the council could start the construction of the shops on time without further delay,” he explained.
In his submission, the council Manager, Mr. Ojikutu Zacheus, put the total number of shops in the area at 167, adding that 79 allottees have authentic papers while 88 allottees produced fake documents.
He promised that the council would do everything to ensure that authentic allottees were considered.
In the petition, the shop owners had demanded for a working document that would address important issues such as relocation of shop owners, pending the completion of the new ones and the amount to be paid by present shop owners on completion of the new shops.
The representative of the area at the House of Assembly, Bisi Yusuf, had informed the petitioners that the House would not compromise on the issue.