Lagos communities protest non-compensation for Lekki Free Trade Zone lands

College Road, Ogba, Lagos

The Lekki Coast Area Development Association (Resettlement Committee), LCADA,  have protested incomplete concession of the 750 hectares of land granted as compensation for approximately 7,500 hectares relinquished to the Lagos State government for the development of Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).

The community lamented that after two years of formal concession of the land, physical possession of the land had not been feasible as the aboriginal owners of the land were yet to receive adequate compensation to evacuate the proposed resettlement .

In June 2014, the government presented Certificate of Occupancy for 750 hectares of land to communities recognised under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on LFTZ.

The memorandum signed was alongside the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, the Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited and host communities, including Idasho, Idotun, Ilege, Imobido, itoke, Okunraiye, Ilekuru, Tiye, and Imagbon-Segun, all under the umbrella body of LFTZ.

In a statement presented at a briefing by the Executive Director, Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC), Felix Morka, on behalf of the association,  the government had breached the terms of the memorandum by its failure to fulfil its obligation to the host community, now displaced from their ancestral home with no recourse.