In order to ensure peace and harmony, members of the House of Representative Committee on Legislative Compliance led by Honourable Abiodun Olasupo have intervened into the land tussle between the University of Lagos and Iwaya-Abete Community.
The meeting which came on the heels of a petition written by the families and addressed to the Committee on Public Petition was to review the land and address issues on compensation.
Present at the meeting was; Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who represent the authority of UNILAG and the Iwaya-Abete community was represented by the Delfino Anthonio Da-Meranda family.
Olasupo said; “We are here to ensure compliance with the resolution of the House arising from the boundary dispute between the University of Lagos and it’s adjoining communities. The resolution of the House says that the University should not exceed the limit of the line as stated in the 1962 Gazette that was given after the acquisition of the land.
“Therefore, our job here is to look at the existing lines, the coordinates as contained in the Gazette and ensure that what is on the ground is the same. We will rely on the outcomes of the surveyors from the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing that came with us. This is a matter of law. The University is a creation of the law and the law acquired some lands for it. Let us bring a conclusion to this matter so that everybody can move on.”
Speaking further, Olasupo explained that the House of Representatives would play its part to ensure adequate compensation is made to the affected families adding he was aware some families have not been paid compensation.
Responding, Ogundipe noted that the University had met with the affected families and also paid compensation in 2013.
“I don’t see any problem with this. We have been relating well. If there is a need to pay these families, it is very simple,” he added.