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June 24, 2024

Encroachments: Lagos to demolish illegal structures in Sangotedo, Ago Palace

Encroachments: Lagos to demolish illegal structures in Sangotedo, Ago Palace

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

THE Lagos State Government, yesterday, issued a 14 day removal notice to owners of buildings and structures at Sangotedo area of Lekki and Okota, Isolo areas of the state, which were built on drainage channels.

Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, said this after an inspection tour to various contravention sites and on-going drainage enforcement projects in Ago Palace Way, Isolo, Sangotedo, Lekki and Ikoyi areas of the state.

Wahab said the state government was determined to restore sanity in the state.

He said: “The era of environmental indiscipline and nuisance are over in Lagos. We will not shy away from enforcing all relevant laws irrespective of whose ox is gored.

Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others has remained afloat because of various measures put in place by the government.”

Wahab, who said the ministry has strengthened its Drainage Enforcement activities said: “I tell people climate change is real and there is a cholera outbreak, We must know that all these things are Interwoven.  We must all be responsible and responsive as a people, people cannot continue to brazenly abuse the environment and expect that there will be no consequences.”

At Sangotedo by Lagos Business School, the Commissioner said: “A 48 hours contravention notice have been served to owners of buildings lying within the channels and 14 days abatement and when that elapses the law will take its course.

“We will commence full enforcement after the expiration of all notices with an option of voluntary compliance.

“Lagos despite its peculiarities as a coastal state with low-lying terrains and a high population density among others has remained afloat because of various measures put in place by the government.”