OGHA Halts Demolition of Structures Along Adiyan community

As part of its quasi-judicial function, the Ogun State House of Assembly has called for the immediate stoppage of the planned demolition of structures around Adiyan- a borderline community between Ogun and Lagos State, in the structural preparation of operation site for Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Akute- Adiyan II Waterworks, pending the resolution on right of way between the two States.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, issued the directive while responding to the submission of the Minority Leader, who is a member representing Ifo II State Constituency, Ganiyu Oyedeji, under personal explanation, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Oluomo urged the concerned agencies of government in the two States to suspend the demolition exercise, as the Assembly was already engaging her counterpart in the neighboring State on how best to implement the project without subjecting property owners in the affected areas to untold hardship.

The Speaker thereafter directed that the Committee on Oil, Gas, Energy, Water Resources and Rural Development, to as a matter of urgency engage her Lagos Assembly counterpart, in order to sort out all grey areas on the matter; so as not to inflict untold hardship on the residents of the community in the process of implementing developmental projects.

Earlier, Oyedeji had appealed to the State Government to engage her Lagos counterpart, with a view to reviewing the issue of right of way in order to forestall the demolition of properties, mostly occupied by retirees and aged people in an attempt to give way for the waterworks, while canvassing for the payment of compensation to those whose houses already gave way for the new project.

In another development, Speaker Oluomo has lauded the mobilization of contractors to construction sites across the State, as well as the prompt response to the victims of flash floods that occurred the previous weekend in Abeokuta metropolis, with a charge on residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways to prevent flooding.

Oluomo stated this while responding to the remarks of Honourables Ademuyiwa Adeyemi and Fasuwa Abayomi, under personal explanation, explaining that the State through concerned ministries and agencies would ensure a more holistic flood control, while approaching the Federal Government to access ecological fund for the affected areas.