The National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ojokoro branch, has accused the developer of a mall (Just Rite) of encroaching on its land in Abule Egba, Lagos State. Members of NURTW at a news conference on Monday said the piece of land was provided by the state government in the place of their park taken over by government for its beautification programme.
Chairman of the union, Mr. Abiodun Ogunlade, said building a mall on the land was a deliberate attempt to frustrate the use of the motor park by the drivers’ union. Ogunlade called on the authorities to quickly intervene to avoid a breakdown of law and order. He said, “The NURTW, Ojokoro Local Government Authority unit will like to bring to your notice that a piece of land given to the unit has been encroached upon by an individual who has subsequently erected a structure on it even though it is under high tension wire where structures are not allowed.
“We also want to state here that we resorted to notifying the public of our plight as the developer has ignored all the entreaties to cede what belongs to us. “In addition, we do not intend to take laws into our hands hence we are calling on the appropriate authorities to prevail on the developer to vacate the premises.” Branch Secretary of the union, Mr. Bola Olayemi, said they had written an SOS to Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development to intervene.
When PUNCH Metro visited the mall, the developer was said to be unavailable. But a contractor, who craved anonymity because he was not authorised to speak for him, said the developer should be praised instead of being vilified. He said, “Here is a man who means well for the community. Where was the union when this man was sand filling the whole place.
“As for the high tension wire the union is talking about, the developer has awarded contract to Power Holding Company to take care of that.” However, the Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Parastatals Monitoring, Mr. Gboyega Salvador-Adebayo, told our correspondent that the developer of the mall breached his agreement with the government. “The Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had served him notices twice but he seemed not ready to cooperate.