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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Tuesday asked the federal government to return all the disused lands, buildings and disputed quarters it acquired in the state, saying the assets “are no longer in use for the purpose the apex government acquired it.”
Consequently, the governor said the recovery of the federal assets was strategic to reflating the economy of the state and improving its GDP, saying it had become imperative that the state government “pursues this particular project to a laudable conclusion.”
Ambode made the request at the State House yesterday after receiving the report of the Special Committee on Federal Government Assets in Lagos State he set up to determine the status and titles of the disused lands, buildings and disputed quarters are still occupying in the state.
The committee, which was chaired by former Federal Commissioner for Works, Chief Femi Okunnu, comprised a human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, a SimmonsCooper partner, Mrs. Victoria Alonge and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Lands Bureau, Mr. Olabode Agoro, among others.
Specifically, the governor constituted the committee to put an end to the jurisdictional disagreement between the federal and state governments over the disused lands, buildings and disputed quarters to which the former still laid claim within the territory of the latter.
According to the committee, some federal government assets in dispute include Federal Secretariat, International Trade Fair Complex, Banana Island, Osborn Foreshore, Festac Town, Satellite Town and the whole of Ikoyi with boundary at Lagos Canal standing between Ikoyi Island and Lagos Island.