Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday lamented that his government was facing diverse challenges in its quest to deliver projects, especially court injunctions, most of which he said, were obtained by residents.
Explaining the constraints, the governor noted that residents have allowed private interest to override public interest in the state, lamenting that it “impedes the state government’s effort to deliver projects that would improve the standard of life.”
The governor was speaking at the commissioning of the Agege Transfer Loading Station, Lagos-Skipper Engineering Academy and the 1,600-capacity Igando Emergency Relief/Resettlement Camp in Alimosho Local Government.
According to him, “Last night, I got a report that some group of residents has gone to seek court order to stop the state government from building ferry terminal in Osborne.
“This was the ferry terminal that is almost completed. And the court without hearing the state argument, gave injunction that the contractor should leave the site.
“I think that we will continue to have this issue in a democratic system to balance the interest of few people against million others.”
“We were trying to build pedestrian bridge at Iyana-Ipaja axis of the state, a resident took the state government to court, and alleged that the users of the bridge will be looking into his house,” he added.
Fashola said, “These were some of the challenges that we face in trying to deliver dividends of democracy in the state.”
On the two projects, the governor stated that residents had been waiting for the state government to urgently complete the project.
Fashola appealed residents, saying, “It isn’t just the state government or the court but we must refrain in understanding the necessary balance between the public and private right.
“All over the world, private rights are always yielded for public interest. For instance, the owners of this site (Agege Transfer Loading Station), that we sit in was formerly a refuse dump site. But the owners allowed public interest to override private interest.”
On the resettlement centre, the governor said the state has concluded plans to construct another resettlement centre in the Lagos Central Senatorial District of the state, to cater for Internally Displaced Persons.
He explained that the old and new resettlement centres embarked upon by the government was for prepare for disasters that could arise due to climate change.
Fashola however warned residents to desist from activities that could lead to accidents in the state.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, who spoke at the commissioning of the resettlement camp, said that the 1,600 capacity centre was constructed at the cost of N798 million.
Source: Daily Independent