Lagos State Government has said that most of the private estates springing up in Lekki are on government land, warning that those who invest in such properties stand the risk of losing their land and money.
Surveyor-General of Lagos State, Mr. Joseph. O. Agbenla who made the observation said most of the affected estates are situated along the Lekki/Ibeju axis, adding that the situation is becoming worrisome since most of the affected estates fall within areas not designated for residential purposes. Agbenla therefore implored prospective land buyers and would be home owners to always embark on due diligence to know the proper status of their proposed land acquisition before parting with their money, in order to avoid double losses of money and property.
He warned prospective buyers to be careful and not to purchase or subscribe to any estate until proper charting has been done. He called on would-be land owners to engage the services of registered surveyors as consultants from the point of interest before committing their fund to save them from agony, loss of fund and property.
He disclosed that most Land within the Lekki Axis have already been acquired and committed by the state government for specific developmental purposes hence any illegal acquisition and development by any prospective developer may lead to their demolition.
He said the state government has expended huge resources on the acquisition of Digital Mapping and Geo-spatial Information System to enhance quick status verification, adding that his office had done a comprehensive re-engineering of the entire charting processes due to the newly acquired Geospatial Information System data base.
He explained that obtaining Land Information Certificate is vital for verification of the status of the Land before issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).