Ayomide Owonibi – Amnesty International: 75% of Lagosians Live In Slums

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www.tribune.com.ng. August 12, 2013. The Amnesty International has stated that despite the Lagos State government’s lofty dreams of making the state a mega city, about 75 per cent of Lagosians live in slums.
Speaking at a press conference, on Monday, on the heels of the demolition of Ijora Badia East, Mr Oluwatosin Popoola, Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher, stated that the state government’s failure to respect the rights of the residents of Badia had resulted in hardship for the people who still remained largely homeless and jobless despite pleas from them for compensation from the state government.
He stated that forced evictions of Nigerians in Lagos had cost around 9,000 people their homes or livelihoods. He added that tens of thousands more could be at risk if the government proceeded with plans to redevelop the slum area of Badia East.
According to a report jointly issued with the Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC) and the Amnesty International, the Lagos State government must act consistently with Nigeria’s obligations under the international law.

Read more: http://www.tribune.com.ng/our-aim-is-to-build-1008-flats-at-badia

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