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Buyers Frustrated as Lagos Government Delays Oko-Orisan Land Scheme Allocation


Land buyers at the Oko-Orisan waterfront residential scheme, developed by the Lagos State government, are expressing frustration over prolonged delays in taking possession of their purchased plots. This scheme, advertised by the government in 2010, garnered significant interest from Nigerians, including those in the Diaspora, due to the promise of homeownership in Lagos and the perceived security of their investment.
 
Twelve years after some buyers made their payments, they have yet to take possession of the land, fearing they might lose it to more influential individuals unless Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu intervenes. In response, some buyers, including Hakeem Ibrahim, have formed the Oko-Orisan Waterfront Scheme Subscribers Group to engage with the government.
 
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"In 2012, I purchased a plot in the Oko-Orisan Waterfront Scheme in Lekki. Some subscribers invested as early as 2010. I paid N3.8 million, although my receipt was for N3.3 million," Ibrahim recalled in a statement to BusinessDay. He added that buyers received original allocation letters and receipts from the Lands Bureau in the Governor's Office, with his allocation letter dated May 12, 2012.
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Despite numerous visits to relevant government offices, officials have repeatedly assured them of the validity of their documentation, but the situation remains unchanged. The government has cited the need for redesigning the scheme, which has caused delays since around 2013.
 
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The group's written complaints to the Office of the Special Adviser on Housing have been forwarded to the Bureau’s Legal Department. During a visit to the Land Bureau office, they learned that the Orisan scheme is still being redesigned and remodeled. 
 
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A letter from the state government, dated April 2, 2024, and addressed to the Oko-Orisan Waterfront Scheme Subscribers Group, acknowledged their concerns but reiterated the ongoing redesigning efforts. The government assured all allottees would be contacted upon the project's completion. However, the group expressed disappointment over the lack of specific timelines and has yet to receive further communication from the government as of this report.
 
Source: BusinessDay

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