Lagos govt demolishes buildings on drainage setback in Lekki II

A building being demolished during the exercise

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday commenced the removal of structures and shanties on setbacks of drainage channels at Lekki II,  Ikota Drainage Channel.

It reiterated that it would not condone any illegality.

The demolition exercise in highbrow Lekki II areas of Mobil Road and Gedegede Community followed the expiration of several contravention notices served on the property owners which were ignored.

Speaking with journalists at the scene of the demolition, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab said the outright demolition underscored the seriousness of the Sanwo-Olu Administration about law and order restoration.

A building being demolished during the exercise

Wahab, who spoke through the Director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite said the state started serving contravention notices on the property owners in the Year 2000, when all the structures were at foundation levels.

According to him, the owners, however, proved stubborn and rebuffed all measures suggested by the state government to them to prevent flooding of major parts of the community and went ahead to sandfill the setback of the channel preparatory to constructing more structures.

According to him, “We cannot write the story of Lagos without the unfortunate incident of flash flooding.

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“We are all aware that flooding is caused by natural forces as well as anthropogenic factors one of which is building on flood plains and Right of Way of drainages.”

He remarked that one of the major buildings demolished today was at the foundation level in the Year 2000, when the owner was informed that the building was constructed within the drainage right of way.

He observed that the approved right of way was 15 metres but due to the high density of the area, it was reduced to 10 metres.

He noted  that the property owners in the area not only built on the right of way but obstructed the water carriageway from 15 metres to 3 metres.

He said the drainage channels in question were about four kilometers and that immediately after the demolition, the government would ensure that the maintenance crew came to dredge and widen the width of the canal.

He advised all aspiring property owners to cooperate with the government and seek information before embarking on any building project to avert issues like this.

In his words, “Few people cannot be allowed to cause hardship to the majority.

‘We also received petitions about these unwholesome activities that bother on impunity and we had to act decisively.

“This should serve as a warning to others who have done similar things at other locations, they should know that their actions have consequences at the end of the day.”

The demolition exercise, it was learnt would ensure that all buildings and shanties that have narrowed the Lekki II Ikota drainage channel causing flooding in the area and adjoining communities were removed.

 

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