Lagos Assembly summons top government officials on land.

By Oyemomi Oluwaseyi

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday summoned top officials at the Lagos State Land Bureau to appear before it on Nov. 14, over their disregard to calls made by its committee on a disputed land matter.The Assembly summoned the Permanent Secretary, Mr Shuaib Agoro, the Executive Secretary, Mr Olukayode Ogunnubi and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Lands.

The lawmakers also wanted the affected officials to come and brief them on the disputed government property,

This invitation followed a report on a petition entitled Matter of Urgency by Iju Youth Action Committee over disputed land earmarked by the government for a post office and fire service station.

The reported, which was presented by Mr Olusola Sokunle, Chairman, House Committee on Special and Inter-government in Relation, said that the affected top officials were invited by the committee on several occasions to brief the committee on the petition but failed to appear.

Sokunle said that the investigation revealed that the said land had some structures such as filling station, churches, residential buildings and others on it.

The lawmakers, who took turns to condemn such act, added that it had become habitual to Ministry, Department and Agency on Land to disregard calls by the House.

The Assemblymen also blamed the ministry of Physical Planning and the Lagos State Building Control Agency for not being effective in the execution of their mandate.

Mr Raseed Makinde (APC-Ifako/Ijaiye II) who urged the government to ensure it put signposts in all acquired land, said those who tress passed should be sanctioned.

The Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade called on the Land Bureau to take necessary step to return the land for the purpose it was meant for.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa affirmed that it become habitual of the affected agency of government to be shuning calls by the House.

Obasa, who stepped down the recommendations of the committee for proper finetuning, directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Sanni Azeez to invite the affected officials to appear before the House of Monday.

The Assembly adjourned its plenary session to Nov 10

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