Erecting shopping complex inside schools in need of classrooms
In Atan-Ota, the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State in Nigeria planned to construct a shopping complex inside the premises of Nawair-Ud-Deen Primary School I and II. However, protests from some stakeholders and government intervention have stalled the plan. The schools, established in 1955 and 2015, share four blocks of classrooms and a vast section of land that serves as a recreation spot for pupils and community youths. The land also hosts two polling units (02 and 19), where elections take place. Despite its importance, contractors have started digging up the land to lay the foundation of the proposed shopping complex, which is a project of the local government in conjunction with Olan Land Solutions Limited. The Ashoka trees, which provided shade for voters, football spectators, and pupils, have been cut down, much to the dismay of the residents. Furthermore, there were only five buildings in the school, including blocks of classrooms defaced with election posters and a derelict four-unit toilet facility. The construction of the shopping complex was described as illegal encroachment by the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu.