……………………..As LASG approves excision requests of 35 Ibeju-Lekki communities
The dearth of large tracts of buildable plots within the main Lekki axis has necessitated the need for estate developers to move to the communities within Ibeju Lekki further down the Lekki-Epe expressway at the fringes Epe Town. However, the interest of the government over the years in the area has also brought to the fore the need for such developers to do their due diligence before buying any plot of land; lest such a developer might be buying an acquired and committed government land (on which government title cannot be granted).
Projects like the proposed Lekki International Airport, Free Trade Zone, International Golf Course, Deep sea port and the recently announced Dangote Refinery have all been earmarked for different parts of Ibeju-Lekki and large tracts of land for the purpose of their development have been acquired by the government.
But there is now good news for aspiring Ibeju –Lekki developers. The immediate past Governor of Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola at the tail end of his administration had presented a certificate of occupancy to representatives of land owning families of 40 excised villages across the state out of which 35 are located within the Ibeju-Lekki axis (see table for names of communities and size of land excised to them). Different from past excisions granted to communities, the former Governor in its review of the process of granting excision to communities had mandated that such communities present a detailed layout of plots on which the excision is being applied for and also apply to get certificates of occupancy on them. What this means is that developers who will be buying from the communities will not have to go through the hassles of roads, drainages on such plots and could well adapt the layout to suite their estates plans.
Let us layout the road. we want to know where the drainages are, so that you don’t sell land to people haphazardly to build on and they create slums rather than structures communities, when you get the land, it is important to take out the space for the road first because all of us are going to use the road. But what do we usually do? We first take the land that should be used to build roads, build houses on them and then we start looking for where to build the roads’’, Governor Fashola had told representatives of the communities.
On the relevance of the certificate of occupancy, the permanent secretary of the Lands Bureau, Mr. Muri Okunola explained to the families that the 40 communities receiving their certificates of occupancy were those who had met all the requirements for the grant of excision under the reviewed policy warning land speculators of the danger of dealing in excised land approved only in principle by the government. ‘’where such land do not have registered certificate of occupancy ; such people are hereby warned that an excision cannot be said to be granted until the endorsement of certificate of occupancy by the Governor with such certificates duly registered in the register of excisions at the Land Registry of the State’’, Mr. Okunola said.
LIST OF COMMUNITIES WITHIN IBEJU-LEKKI AND THE SIZE OF LAND ON WHICH EXCISION HAS BEEN GRANTED
|Name Of Communities Size Of Land (Hectares)|
|Okun Alani Village||15|
|Okun Aje Village||22|