There have been disagreements between the occupants of Tinubu Shopping Plaza on Lagos Island and the developer of the place over the renovation of the plaza and rents to be paid by the occupants, which took them to the State Assembly about three weeks ago.
One of the occupants of the plaza, who preferred anonymity, revealed that some members of the assembly addressed them and assured them that even if there would be an increase in the rent of the shops in the plaza they would not pay more than N10,000 (ten thousand naira) on the rent paid before now.
“They have thrown many of us to the streets of Lagos, some have even gone back to their villages.
“How on earth could someone just wake up one day, seal a plaza and gave us just two days to move our things out of the place,” said the occupant.
Meanwhile, investigations conducted by National Sketch revealed that about 15 developers were involved in the development of the plaza, many of whom signed agreements with the state government about 25 years ago.
The said agreement was said to have expired in 2017, which now gave room for another set of developers to take over the management of the plaza.
It was gathered that only Alhaji Tajudeen Olugbode-led Gbode Ventures and Developers got a renewal amongst the former developers based on the company’s reliability and dedication of its workers.
The Chairman of Gbode Ventures & Developers, Alhaji Tajudeen Olugbode, said that people were just making unnecessary claims, adding that the renovation of the place would gulp 165 Million Naira.
“I bought a bag of cement at N10, but now a bag of cement is sold for N2,400.
“The same materials I bought 25 years ago are no longer obtainable at the same cost now. So, do they expect me to still give them the shops at the same rate.
“The 3rd floor of the plaza is controlled by Lagos State Government and it is almost the same as ours.
“I have been in estate development business for more than 25 years. We know our onions, if we are not credible and truthful the government would not have reappointed us. Look at the structure we built 25 years ago, it still stands very solid,” he said.