Encroachers into the land of the Lagos State University (LASU) will now become tenants of the school through some regularisation process.
This is based on the directive issued at a meeting with community leaders in Iba and surroundings of the university by officials of the Lagos State government and LASU.
Official data from the university reveals that 75% of the land of the Lagos State University had been taken over by land encroachers.
The Lagos State government therefore issued a directive that illegal tenants on its university’s land at the main campus in Ojo to register officially with the university or vacate the land entirely.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh decried the situation while stating the government’s commitment reclaim its land from whoever does not abide by the regularisation guidelines.
Speaking about how to go about the process, Bank-Olemoh’s counterpart in Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule explained that each person would have to pay one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000) on or before April 2018 through a portal online the government to begin the process of collecting a certificate of regularisation which would qualify them as bona fide tenants.
She added that the government took the decision to retain them on the condition of their readiness to also pay annual tenancy rates rather than driving them away from their abodes.
Speaking earlier, the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, lauded the leaders of the affected communities for their support and cooperation, and encouraged them to take immediate steps to regularise their stay, saying the money they were charged had been heavily subsidised.
He noted that the peaceful manner the affected individuals took the matter shows the level of robust relationship they had been enjoying for many years of their staying together.
Among government officials at the meeting were Commissioners for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; Physical Planning, Mr. Wasiu Anifowose as well as Mr. Olutomi Sangowawa, who represented the State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice.