Indigenes of Eti Osa under the umbrella of Eti Osa Heritage Organisation, Eti Osa Indigenes Forum and Eti Osa Indigenous Students Association today embark on a peaceful protest at the along Ajah Addo Badore Road to seek the changing of the yet-to-be commissioned High/Magistrate Court, Ajah Badore to High/Magistrate Court, Eti Osa.
The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions said the location of the court should be Eti Osa rather than Ajah Badore. They also noted that the court was located at Oke Ira Nla and not at Ajah or Badore.
The protesters expressed happiness over the construction of the court complex at Eti Osa but faulted the name of the location on the signpost on the building.
Addressing the media shortly after the peaceful protest; the Secretary General of the Eti Osa Heritage Organisation, Alhaji Mustapha Okunmoyinbo welcomed the various infrastructural facilities springing up in the local government but appealed to the Lagos State government to carry the people along while considering the naming of such projects.
He also disclosed that it took a peaceful protest like the one today for the government to change the name of the location on the Maternal and Child Health Center, Lekki to Maternal and Child Health Centre, Eti Osa.
In his words: “…This court never came here on a platter of gold rather we fought for it during the protest of ‘No Tolling No Fencing along Eti Osa Lekki Epe Expressway’ during Governor Fashola administration. We demanded for facilities such as Courts, health centres, fire stations, schools, etc which were lacking in Eti Osa Local Government Area during the time. Eti Osa is part of the 774 local governments in the country.Why name government projects in the area that does not bear the identity of Eti Osa local government.”
According to Okunmoyinbo: “we are not disputing that this is Ajah Addo Badore road but we are demanding that the signpost: High /Magistrate Court, Ajah Badore be changed to High /Magistrate Court, Eti Osa.”
For his part, the president of the Eti Osa Indigenous Students Association, Adamson Noah said they embarked on the peaceful protest to press for the name of the court complex be named; High/Magistrate Court, Eti Osa.
Adamson Noah explained that they have written a protest letter to Governor Sanwo Olu, the state Attorney General, the Chief Judge, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and the two members of the assembly representing Eti Osa 1 and 2 constituencies over the matter.
The student leader wondered why the Lagos state government will continue to make such mistakes as was the case with Maternal and Child Health centre, Eti Osa which earlier named Maternal and Child Health centre, Lekki as Ibeju Lekki local government already had such a centre located at Akodo.
They also commended Governor Sanwo Olu’s resolve to complete all the abandoned projects in the local government.