Lagos resolves Lekki Free Zone dispute

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The lingering dispute that led to the death of former Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) Limited, Mr Tajudeen Disu has been resolved, as the Lagos State Government has set up five resettlement committees.

The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, who stated this while inaugurating the committees in Lagos said the state government had recorded a major milestone in its bid to permanently resolve civil disturbance in the zone.

According to him, the decision settles the recurring civil disturbance in the zone occasioned by the perceived imbalances in the resettlement plans for the indigenous people of the zone by the Lagos State Government.

He said the inaugurated five different resettlement committees were aimed at ending the differences between residents of communities.

The committees include Abomiti Zone, Lekki Coastal Zone, Yegunda Zone, Lekki-Epe Zone and Abejoye Zone, a major spot where the confrontation between the security officials and the residents occurred.

Ogunleye said that the essence of the committees was to foster mutual relationship between communities and the state government.

He added that the essence of the committee was to ensure a hitch free delivery of the Lekki Free Zone project as a vehicle for industrial development in the state.

“The government is committed to the sanctity of the white paper and it strategic implementation, therefore, as part of the fulfillment of the recommendations of the White paper, is its emphasis on the Resettlement committee as against Community Relation Committee,” Ogunleye said.

The former Managing Director, LFTZ had on October 12, 2015 died of gunshot wounds when gunmen attacked him during a peace mission to one of the communities in the Free Trade Zone Area in Ibeju-Lekki, on the Island of Lagos.

The community leaders alleged that he was killed by police stray bullets; a claim which the Police authorities had denied.