Lagos State Governor, Mr, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday signed into law the Lagos State Properties Protection Law and Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law, to fulfill his promise to deal with the menace of land grabbers in the sate. This move is aimed at ensuring the security of lives and properties in the state and to increase the confidence of investors in the state.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Governor Ambode stated that the laws is central to his administration, since it focus on the safety of residents in the state, and also ensure that investors and investment is attracted to the state.
“In addition to equipping our security agencies, we have now created a legal framework to put some form of communal protection in place to boost and support the great job the Nigeria Police is presently doing,” Governor Ambode said.
He also explained that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps would assist the police and other security agencies to maintain law and order across the communities, while the Neighbourhood Safety agency would be in charge of registering all private home securities.
He stated that this laws was necessary since land grabbing is one of the discouraging factors militating against the ease of doing business and investment in the state.
“The Properties Law will eliminate the activities of persons or corporate entities who use force and intimidation to dispossess or prevent any person or entity from acquiring legitimate interest and possession of property, ensure that the Special Task Force on Land-Grabbers work with all Security agencies to ensure enforcement of State Government and Private property rights in the State, and ensure proper coordination of the efforts of the various agencies of Government charged with enforcing the State Government’s rights over land in Lagos,” the Governor said.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Lagos State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; The chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade and other top government officer.