The Lagos State Labour Party has faulted the decision of the state government to demolish buildings in some parts of the State as “punitive and inhumane”.
Pastor Dayo Ekong, the Chairman of Lagos State Labour Party, urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to also pay compensation to affected families who are victims of the series of demolition that have occurred across the state.
Citing recent demolition of property in Oworonshoki and Idi Araba by agents of the state government, she stated the action has become a punitive measures against imaginary enemies of the state government.
“The Labour Party in Lagos has in recent times been observing with surprise and indignation, the series of demolition exercises that the state government has been carrying out in the State.
“While the party is not against any action of government to maintain or restore the master plan of the state what we find objectionable is the brazen manner and approach being applied by the government,” Ekong stated.
Specifically, the Labour Party accused the state government of habitually giving short notices to residents of places where the action is to be carried out.
“We have been informed by residents of the areas where this exercise had been carried out especially from residents of Oworonshoki that the state government merely gave them a seven-day notice.
“We are aware that a letter dated July 18, 2023, was addressed to residents of Lekan Oyebade Street to vacate and a week later the government carried out its plans without availing residents opportunity to pick up their belongings.
The victims of the demolition lamented that their ordeal was made worse as they were not allowed to take some of their belongings that could still be salvaged. The demolition continued unabated, with more than 20 additional houses reduced to rubble.
“At this point, Lagosians are tired and the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu should resign as demolitions, thuggery and destruction of lives and properties have become a pattern in Lagos. This news is devastating and a lot of people have been rendered homeless again.
“This is not the Lagos we all desire. Enough is enough of the government destroying the already impoverished Lagos masses,” she added.
She continued; “Millions worth of properties have been destroyed and to the victims, we share your pain and pray that Almighty God puts smiles on your faces.
“We look forward to the New Lagos and the New Nigeria. We wait patiently for the judiciary to do the right thing and free Nigeria Masses from the slavery and torment of APC government.”
“We have also been told that many of these people have been left stranded as no form of compensation have been paid to them by government to seek alternative abode,” she concluded.
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