The Chairman, County & City Bricks, Mr Layiwola Ajayi-Bembe, an engineer has said that turning Ajegunle Odo Village slum into Park View Estate in Ikoyi area of Lagos State was visionary.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Ajayi-Bembe said that there was no difference between Ajegunle Odo Village and what is today known as Banana Island that was then Banisoro Village.
The chairman, whose area in the estate is about 16 hectares, said the slum which became Park View Estate today was worse than Makoko, noting that he had a fish pond around the village.
He explained that he resolved to venture into building of plots in the village when the groundwater was killing his fishes.
“What led to Park View Estate was just visionary. Park View Estate was not Park View when we started. We had a local name for it- Ajegunle Odo Village.
“Not many people would believe that that slum can be what it is today. Then, there was no difference between Ajegunle Odo and Banana Island, which was formerly called Banisoro Village.
“Ajegunle Odo which became Park View Estate today was worse than Makoko. But somewhere along the line, I had a fishing pond around the village. Unfortunately, there was groundwater that killed all my fishes. I now decided that instead of doing fish pond again, let me do about four or six plots of housing.” he said.
Meanwhile, The Octogenarian noted that he made sure that the people who were already in the village doing their trading did not lose anything as they were all compensated, adding that he could remember that 11 families were given plots of land.
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