The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council has raised alarm over grabbers invasion of its property located along Moshood Abiola Way, Abeokuta, a land of one hectares meant for construction of the unions permanent Secretariat.
Penpushing reports that Chairman of Council Wale Olanrewaju accompanied by the Secretary Bunmi Adigun cried out on Tuesday at a press conference held at Iwe-Iroyin Press Centre Abeokuta, noting that the land grabbers have taken advantage of the permanent site laying fallow over the years.
The while warning the alleged land grabbers to retrace their steps, declared that the body of journalists led by the executives will do everything possible to secure the land and future of the union, and in specific identified and alleged one Gbenga Olusoga as the arrowhead of the illegal invasion of the land
“This fraudulent act is orchestrated by one Prince Gbenga Olusoga who brazenly brags of his connection in high places especially the Governor and government of Ogun State in connivance with one Engineer Lekan Banjoko who has no connection to the land and the area but going about feeding fat on vacant lands in connivance with his cohorts in government relevant agencies. This he boasts of at different fora. Prince Olusoga, in flagrant disregard to NUJ ownership of the land, rented out our land to mechanics, panel beaters and the rest, collecting money and feeding fat where he did not sow”, Olanrewaju emphasized.
Penpushing further reports that in similar ugly development, the union observed that investigation equally revealed that the current space popularly called Iwe-Iroyin, located in Oke-Ilewo in the town, which was named after the first newspaper in Nigeria is becoming a target of some greedy individuals who are retired and serving staff of the Federal Ministry of Works are plotting to sell the temporary secretariat of the union
“For the records, the said land has a genuine Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) openly and proudly presented by Aremo Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Ogun State while in office. Our current space popularly called and known Iwe Irohin christened after the first newspaper publication in Nigeria by Reverend Henry Townsend is currently under siege by some greedy individuals who are retired and serving staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing”.
“Some years ago, the space allocated in honour of journalists and the progenitor of journalism, Reverend Henry Townsend since 1992, was put up for sale by one Surveyor Bajo who retired from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing”, the council stated
Penpushing also reports that the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) therefore called on the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and other relevant authorities to stop the incursion, trespassing and encroachment on its land
“We call on the Federal Government to restrain those officers in the Ministry of Works and Housing to discontinue their unholy interest in our land. We want to emphasize that well meaning people of the state who in one way of the other connected or know Engr. Lekan Banjoko and Prince Gbenga Olusoga should advise and warn the duo to stay clear of the property of Ogun NUJ in their own interest”, he added
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