James Sowole in Abeokuta
As Ogun and other states in Nigeria grapple with the threat of land grabbing, a land developer, Prince Morenikeji Osokoya, has begun talks with community leaders and traditionalists on ways to end the land grab. crisis associated with land issues in the state.
Osokoya, who is the Managing Director of Celebrity City Estate, during a stakeholder meeting with some chiefs and traditionalists in Odogbolu, the headquarters of Odogbolu Local Government Area in Ogun State, said that the meeting had become necessary in view of the usefulness of land in the economic development of any nation.
While recounting his sad personal experience with some land grabbers, Osokoya lamented that many lives have been lost and property destroyed as a result of the activities of the land grabbers, who wreak havoc on innocent people on a daily basis.
He said, “We have come to discuss how we can engage our community leaders to resolve disputes over land issues through an alternative dispute resolution model.
“It is one of many different processes used to resolve disputes between parties, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and litigation.”
He proposed the involvement of community leaders like the monarch, the village chief and the traditionalist before a potential land buyer enters into a negotiation with anyone to buy land.
“If these people are involved, in the event of a transaction-related issue, they will be readily available to defend themselves and speak up,” he said.
Speaking on Celebrity City Estate, Osokoya said the estate aims to redirect the aspirations of young Nigerians by memorializing credible filmmakers, naming streets, gardens, parks and recreation centers after exemplary Nigerians.
According to him, “The estate, covering over 1,000 acres in Arepo and Ishawo in the Sagamu local government area of the state, has a long
list of Nigerian legends, living and deceased, whose achievements in various fields such as sports, entrepreneurship, education, industrialization, politics and security services, among others, are considered capable of inspiring the development of human capacities in profitable enterprises and to redirect the energies of young people from criminal activities.
He then called on community leaders to see the project as a way to ensure a better way of life for people.
In his remarks, the Tami of Odogbolu, Oba Leke Oludipe, praised Osokoya for the decision, saying that alternative dispute resolution has been an effective way to resolve major and minor issues without creating bias.
Oludipe, who is also the Obanire of Ijebuland, said that conflicts arising from issues can be resolved effectively through the help of traditional/community leaders, which include kings, baale, Oloja (Alagemo), Oloritun, heads of families, heads of families and family members. .
He said, “The land issue is best resolved through traditional means, thus creating no cheating. The chiefs know the history of each community. Traditionalists must therefore be trained.