Youths of Gowon Estate in Egbeda area of Lagos have cried out over a takeover bid of a parcel of land serving as the only sporting arena in the estate.
It could be recalled that on June 19, a group that claimed to be a task-force stormed the area and demolished all structures around the playground, claiming they were acting on the orders of an unnamed new owner of the property.
The youths in the area said it was unbelievable that the only space, large enough to be turned into a mini-stadium for the estate and its environs, might have been “annexed’’ by somebody.
They vowed to resist the takeover of the land, saying it will dispossess them of recreational centre that they have been using for over 20 years.
President of the Youth, Gowon Estate, David Eghosa, said that the space in question is the biggest recreation centre available to residents of the estate and its environs, and this should not be taken away from us.
“This is the biggest space that we have here and that most times; we, the youths use it for sporting activities. And on a daily basis not less than 100 persons including adults use the facility for jogging or to play football and basketball. Many more use the place at weekends too.
“If they take away the land, it will rob us of the only facility, where we all gather to play or recreate. Where else do we go? My fear is that the youths may take to crime if they do not have a place to play football or carry out exercises,’’ he said.
According to him, “We need the space to practice our sports; we cannot afford to have to pay before we can have access to a facility that belongs to our community.
“The facility which has a basketball court, a football pitch, was also useful to some primary and secondary schools in the estate particularly for schools athletics competitions,” Eghosa said.
Similarly, a civil servant, John Ademola, spoke on the usefulness of the space to him.

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