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Lagos to demolish, prosecute occupants of structures under high tension cables

Plans review of guidelines on construction of gas, petrol stations

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

lagos—LAGOS State Government yesterday gave indication of  plans to review laws on construction of gas plants and petrol stations with a view to checking increasing cases of explosion at gas stations to ensure safety of residents.

This came as the government warned occupants of structures under high tension cables to immediately vacate the premises, threatening to prosecute them and demolish such structures.

Illegal Market and structure under the high tension power lines 

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunlewe, who disclosed this, said the actions were necessary to prevent loss of lives and properties in the state.

Ogunlewe informed that due to the dynamism of the society, the physical planning law was subject to periodic review to conform with the current development in the society.

He expressed concerns over the safety of residents in whose neighbourhood the gas plants, petrol stations were sited, saying the review would enhance safety of Lagosians.

On structures under high tension cables and other sites prohibited for habitation by law, he said it was unfortunate that some residents in the state were so desperate that they could conveniently live and work under high tension cables without considering the consequences.

According to him, the role of any government was to ensure safety of lives and properties at all times, stressing that the current administration would do everything to ensure that lives and properties were not endangered.

On payment of compensation for the property owners  affected by the ongoing infrastructural development projects across the state, Ogunlewe, said compensation would be adequately paid, appealing to the affected landlords to bring documents or photographic evidence of the affected properties.



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