…. Says No Going Back on Regeneration Plans

Lagos State Government on Monday commenced the removal of all illegal shanties/structures that litter the Lagos Coastal Road at Maiyegun Estate by Jakande in the Lekki area of the State,  reiterating its commitment to urban regeneration in the State.

The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab revealed this during his visit to the scene of the enforcement alongside some state officials.

He informed that several sites have been identified in the state and need to be recovered for proper regeneration as these sites are gradually being converted to environmental slums within the city.

He said the regeneration of the state will be done by the Lagos State  Development Plan. Hence, the reason why the demolition of shanties is ongoing simultaneously in other parts of the state such as Ijora Under Bridge, Obalende Under Bridge as well as Orile area of the State.

The Commissioner spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources. Engr. Mahamood Adegbite added that it is expedient that residents must respect town planning laws and abide by its provisions.

“Anyone trying to alter the original urban development plan of the state will not be tolerated, people cannot be allowed to do whatever they like, Lagos must not become a jungle”, he said.
He maintained that the government remains resolute in the drive towards environmental regeneration, adding that the ongoing demolition exercises across the state will send a strong message that all government spaces will be governed and manned.

Wahab mentioned that before the commencement of the enforcement exercise, the State Government carried out an inventory of buildings possessing legal documents and these buildings have been numerically identified and will not be pulled down.

He said the government has been sensitising occupants of illegal shanties and squatters close to the Regional Road alignment to vacate the area since the year 2022, stressing that some of the buildings were dilapidated and this informed their demolition.

The Commissioner explained that most of the squatters were found not to be captured in the Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA) database and it is worrisome for any government to not be able to account for the residents and be able to provide social amenities for them.

Wahab emphasised that the indiscriminate springing up of shanties and illegal structures serve as hideouts for criminals as well as the destitute who roam about the streets in the daytime and perpetrate crimes at dusk.

He recalled that the State Government recently issued a four-day relocation notice to all squatters occupying illegal shanties around the Lagos Coastal Road in Mayegun, Lekki, adding that the allegation by squatters of not being issued relocation notice was baseless and untrue.

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