By Tokunbo Ogunsami
Group leaders at Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront in Yaba Native Council Improvement Space (LCDA) of Lagos State have appealed to the federal government over the deliberate relocation of residents from the world.
They informed The Nation that the world had been dwelling to over 10,000 Lagosians of Ogu extraction for over 100 years.
A youth chief, Mr. Vituwa Francis, mentioned former governor Babatunde Fashola gave the residents stop discover in 2012.
“Weeks later, earth movers have been introduced in and so they began demolition of our homes. This resulted in a fracas between the landlords and the police.
“One in all our chiefs was killed in the course of the fracas and this led to a peaceable protest by the residents on the Secretariat, Alausa.
“Consequently, Fashola ordered that the demolition be stopped,” he mentioned.
Francis mentioned since then, the Ogu residents had been residing there peacefully.
He alleged that just lately, some chiefs within the space signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some builders, who insisted that the individuals needed to relocate for any growth to happen.
The youth chief mentioned the settlement was not a real reflection of the views of Makoko individuals.
He mentioned the residents weren’t in help when the settlement was first conceived.
Francis appealed to the federal government to permit the residents stay in peace, including that that they had nowhere to go, having spent their whole life within the space.
One other neighborhood chief, Mr. Thosugan Isaac, mentioned the individuals have been able to growing the world with out the assistance of any developer.
Isaac, a fisherman, urged the federal government to offer them approval to construct everlasting buildings.
A resident, Mr. Sadiku Adosu, mentioned Makoko residents had been contributing positively to the socio-economic growth of the state.
He implored the federal government to look into their plight.
“We have now been residing at Makoko-Iwaya for many years. What we wish from the federal government is provision of primary facilities, not relocation,” he mentioned.