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Unauthorized developers thrown out of the Lagos National Stadium

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The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has ejected several unauthorised developers from putting up building projects on some parts of the land acquired by the federal government for the development of the National Stadium Complex in Surulere, Lagos.

These developers’ construction sites have also been shut down and their operations have been sealed off by the Ministry.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, revealed this at the presentation of the ‘Report On Field Verification Exercise/Acquisition Of National Stadium Complex, Surulere, Lagos’ in his office in Abuja.

In his words: “The Ministry of Works and Housing is the custodian of Government land and assets and so when we were briefed about the encroachment on part of the land acquired by the Federal Government for the construction of the National Stadium in Lagos many years ago, in 1960 and 1973, we had to follow it up.

“The Ministry put together a very strong team to investigate the matter immediately and thoroughly. I also visited the sites personally to have first-hand knowledge and see things for myself.

“Once our investigative team was able to establish the facts about Government ownership of the land and that those developers were unauthorized, we invited the Lagos Police Command to close down their construction sites and seal off their operations. All these were done on behalf of the Ministry of Sports because this land falls directly under your jurisdiction.”

Before cracking down on builders and developers, surveyors and land experts from the Ministry of Works and Housing combed through many official documents and gazettes to determine the scope of the government’s land acquisitions between 1960 and 1973.

In his remarks, Sports Minister Sunday Dare thanked his counterpart in the Works and Housing Ministry for handling the matter professionally.

“We will continue to seek your professional inputs and guidance on how best to use this land to prevent illegal occupants and unauthorized persons from taking them over,” Dare added

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