OrderPaperToday – Members of the House of Representatives from Lagos State on Wednesday exchanged different arguments over the authentic ownership of the property housing the Lagos Trade Fair complex.
At the end of arguments, the House resolved to probe the concession of the land to traders under the auspices of the Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPMDA) whose members recently staged a protest over moves to evacuate them from the property.
The decision of the green chamber followed a motion moved by Oghene-Egoh Emmanuel (PDP, Lagos) which sought to mandate the House committees on Public Petition and Commerce to conduct an investigative hearing on the lease agreement between the traders and federal government.
Leading the debate on the motion, Oghene disclosed that on March 17th, 2019, ASPMDA members went on public demonstration to complain about the planned re-concession of Lagos Trade Fair.
Oghene stated that there exists an agreement between the traders and the federal government on which basis the former have invested over N70 billion in building structures.
He noted that over 95% of the structures in the market were constructed by the traders following the allocation of the land them by the Lagos Trade Fair Management Board with a subsisting agreements.
Speaking on the motion however, James Faleke (APC, Lagos) stated that the traders are illegal occupants, as the land allocated by Lagos state government was not meant for market but for an annual trade fair. He therefore called on the federal government to return the land to Lagos state if the purpose of the land has changed.
He said: “What is clear is that those occupying the land are illegal occupants, the federal government acquired that vast land for Trade fair, and the government cannot allocate the land to individuals for building of shops, and Lagos state has been asking for this land back.
“It is not meant to be used for shops, those are illegals, it is not meant for shops, the FG should concede the land back to Lagos state government.”
Simeon Arabo in his reaction stated that the lease agreement should be seen, adding that it could only be done through investigation by the House.