Ondo Agents set to demolish N700Million Ajasin legacy School in Akure

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Govt gives landlords 21days Quit Notice without paying Compensation.

Landlords in parts of Akure, the Ondo state capital have raised alarm and expressed displeasure over a 21day quit notice issued by the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led government to them for illegal demolition of their property without following due process of paying compensation.

The property marked for demolition which are about thirty, are located between Investment/Police officer’s mess junction to St Luke’s church to Oluwatuyi roundabout.

One of the affected landlords and Proprietress of a 40year-old Victory Nursery/Primary School, Chief (Mrs) Victoria Alade, an octogenarian, duly represented by Mr. & Mrs. B. O. Ayodele, lamented that the state laws usually have respect for certain sacred lands such as churches, mosques, cemeteries and schools during demolition for road expansion.

Mrs Alade who taught great men like Chief Olu Falae and first Chairperson of Akure South local government, in a petition written by his lawyer, Barr Ojo Ayodele to Governor Akeredolu, described as inhuman a quit notice issued of the state Ministry of Urban Development, Department of Monitoring & Enforcement on 18th May, 2020 asking the school to be ready for demolition of its classrooms within 21days.

The Octogenarian said the ministry’s action was more painful as no compensation has been paid to the school before notices for demolition was given, appealing to Governor Akeredolu to compassionately intervene and save the school which the state former governor, late Chief Adekunle Ajasin and his late wife Bababfunke cherished so much during their life time.

Mrs Alade said property marked for demolition at the Victory Nursery/Primary School, Oluwatuyi-Akure had been estimated to worth over N700million.

The Proprietress said “that the State government should always look at history, i.e. Victory Nursery/Primary School is one of the first indigenous Nursery/Primary School in Ondo State which legacy ought not to be destroyed at all and one of the legacies left behind by late Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin and his wife.

She said demolition of the school would also force over 50 workers into labour market, if proper arrangement and relocation was not done by the state government.

“That the school was commissioned by late Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin, in his capacity as the governor of Ondo State who usually shouldered the school very high during his life time.

“That the demolition did not affect the school initially, that the demolition was pushed into the school property by powerful forces that have properties close to the school through political power.

“That we know your Excellency Sir, have respect for on the aforementioned lands and we appeal to your Excellency on compassionate ground to use your good office to see how the good work ot your Excellency/construction can be carried out without affecting this sacred land i.e. Victory Nursery/Primary School at Oluwatuyi Quarters, Akure.

“That the State Government approved the school, the school has a C of O in respect of their land, that the state ought to have relocated the school before embarking on any demolition.

“That the educational law of Ondo State gives laid down rules and procedures for the acquisition of land that belongs to schools,” Mrs Alade appealed.

Reacting, the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban development, Mr Badmus Rasheed, said government issued the 21days quit notice for the landlords to meet with State Ministry for Land and Housing for Proper compensation.

“There is no immediate plan to demolish the marked structures in the area. Our job is to mark structures for demolition that will obstruct dualisation projects of the state government.

“The Ministry of Lands and Housing would have done estimation of compensation due to every landlord and house owners.

“Government will not demolish without paying compensation,” Badmus said.

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