LP’s Rhodes-Vivour Decries Eviction of Lagos Residents

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Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 Lagos governorship poll, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has expressed displeasure over what he described as the forceful eviction of residents of Otto community.

Rhodes-Vivour, in a statement, said rather than the current administration committing to a plan that would invest in upgrading the community’s infrastructure and improve the living conditions of residents, it has dehumanised them.

According to him, it was unacceptable.

The statement added that government should implement certain rent control measures and introduce a special tax for luxury real estate.

The statement reads: “Last week, the Lagos state government forcibly evicted residents of the Otto community even though on paper, it had been earmarked by the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency for upgrading.

“In fact, the former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, claimed to have met with residents of the communities and informed them of the urban renewal intervention project planned for the area in partnership with the British Government’s Future City Nigeria (FCN), a British outfit for Urban Renewal Initiative in Nigeria.

“But instead of committing to a plan that would invest in upgrading the infrastructure in the community and improve the living conditions of the people, they have now resorted to brute force. They have shamelessly chosen to criminalize a genuine concern and dehumanize citizens in need of government support. This is irresponsible and unacceptable.

“The APC in Lagos state has made very little investment in affordable housing, nor has it intervened in any way to manage the cost of rent that is choking young families in Lagos. All it continues to do is pander to the interest of a self-serving elite that invest in luxury towers to preserve ill-gotten wealth.

“During my campaign, I emphasized the need to commit to regenerating slums by investing in basic infrastructure. I also showcased a plan to improve on the Jankade Housing model to significantly raise the housing stock in Lagos, implement certain rent control measures and introduce a special tax for luxury real estate.

“Lagos can work for everyone, but as long as the APC are in office, they will only serve the interest of a tiny elite and their cronies.”

Source: Vanguard

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