The JDPC members of staffs and some delegates attended a workshop/seminar organized by Heinrich Boll Foundation on the 4th and 5th of July 2017. The agenda of the seminar/workshop was: “CO-CREATING INCLUSIVE LAGOS”. The idea behind this was on how to create an inclusive Lagos which caters for its citizens and ensure that the government dialogues and listens to the people so as to ensure true governance and a more sustainable environment.
Since over population in Lagos moved some people to the slum areas of Lagos, some of them have been forcefully evicted from these slum areas and in view of that, Heinrich Boll Foundation in collaboration with JEI (Justice and Empowerment Initiatives – Nigeria), a community legal support initiative, set up an initiative movement to curb these injustice meted out on innocent citizens so that provisions can be made for these citizens by a way of a compensatory plan. Some of the slum areas of target were Otodo Gbame Community, Makoko Community, Ijora Badia Community, etc.
During the workshop, participants visited three communities/areas of Lagos that experienced forceful eviction. They were : Traders in Tejuosho Market, Yaba; Mechanics in Babs Animashaun Mechanic Village, Surulere; and Settlers in Badia East Community, Ijora. All these evictions were carried out mostly with short notices given to the settlers and no compensation plan given to those evicted.
Various stakeholders were in attendance during the training program like; Prof. Pat Utomi; Hon. Desmond Elliot; Prof. Allison Brown, Cardiff University; TPL Toyin Ayinde, National Vice President, National Institute of Town Planning (NITP); Mr. Gbenga Komolafe (General Secretary Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria), to mention a few. Participants were also informed of the importance of Local Government as the Third tier of Government.