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Members of the House of Representative Committee on Legislative Compliance led by Honourable Abiodun Olasupo has assured neighbouring Iwaya-Abete communities sharing boundaries with the University of Lagos (UNILAG) that the institution will not go beyond the 1962 official gazette that ceded part of their land to the institution.

The committee chairman gave the assurance during an all stakeholder interactive meeting on the heels of a petition written by the families and addressed to the Committee on Public Petition.

At the meeting and inspection of the limits on the disputed land were Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG; Primate Stephen Adedayo Jagun, representative of Delfino Anthonio Da Meranda family; representative of the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Power and lawmakers Segun Ogunwuyi, Shadimu Mutiu, Olufemi Olasunmbo, Bob Isika, Deputy Director of Land and a Surveyor from Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing.


Hon. Olasupo representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal constituency in Osun State explained that the visit by the House Committee on Legislative Compliance was basically to ensure a resolution of the House arising from the boundary disputes between UNILAG and its neighbouring communities.

He said: “This is a committee established to ensure compliance and we are here to abide by the resolution of the House Committee which stated that the University of Lagos should not exceed the limit of the land as stated in the 1962 Gazette that was given after the acquisition of land for the purpose of establishing an institution called University of Lagos.


After the brief meeting, the lawmakers from the Lower House include Segun Ogunwuyi, Shadimu Mutiu, Olufemi Olasunmbo, Deputy Director of Land and a Surveyor from Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing.

On payment of compensation, leader of the House Committee acknowledged recorded evidence that some affected families are yet to be paid compensation for the land acquired for the establishment of the university since 1962.

Earlier, the VC recalled that UNILAG paid compensation to some families some years ago and promised that the institution will continue to hold talks with the family, saying “I don’t see any problem on the issue because we have been relating well”.

Primate Stephen Adedayo Jagun, who spoke in the mother tongue said, “We are here or peace to reign and hold talks with the university and the lawmakers to agree on a compromise. We are scared of the presence of the soldiers and this has increased tension in the area.

“We are appealing to all concerned to exercise restraints until the outcome of the findings of the lawmakers and whatever is the outcome will be binding on us,” he added.


Source: https://www.independent.ng/unilag-wont-go-beyond-1962-gazette-reps-committee/

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