Residents of Magodo GRA Phase 1, Gateway Zone, Lagos have cried out to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to prevail on the state’s House of Assembly to rescind its plan to convert wetlands in the area for residential purposes, saying it is not the prerogative of the legislature to decide on such matters.
The residents, in a letter to the governor, signed by the chairman of the Community Development Association (CDA), Oyebode Ojomu, said it had become imperative to call on Sanwo-Olu, on whose table the bucks stops, to call the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and House Committee on Land Matters to order.
The association appealed to the governor to prevail on the House to face its mandatory legislative business and stop its incursion into executive functions.
The letter reads: “We have it on good authority that the legislature passed a resolution attempting to hoodwink LASSA and NTDA along with several other agencies to foist a premeditated selfish agenda laced with pecuniary interests to overrun our estate.
“We view this unpalatable development as an abuse of office capable of eroding the peace in Magodo GRA Phase 1- Gateway Zone Estate.
“We hereby make a passionate appeal to His Excellency Governor Sanwo-Olu to use his good office to deter the LAHA (Lagos State House of Assembly) from overrunning our estate.”
The association also recalled that the state government had made several public declarations affirming that the Green Belt adjoining their sstate in between Magodo GRA Phase 1 and 2 shall never be approved for residential purposes.
“So, where is the legislature leading the state usurping executive functions creating basis for crisis? The Omo Oniles should go to court if they have a strong case, not manipulate the legislative arm for selfish purposes in matters that are in the purview of the executive arm of government,” it added.