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Sanwo-Olu orders demolition of illegal structures in flooded Lagos communities

Sanwo-Olu orders demolition of illegal structures in flooded Lagos communities
October 08
17:30 2023

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, has ordered the immediate demolition of illegal shops and market stalls in some flooded areas in the state.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Sunday when he visited Jankara, Ojo Giwa, Oroyiyin, Idumagbo and Pelewura market — all on Lagos Island– which were flooded after heavy rainfall.

He issued a one-week quit notice to some affected property owners, assuring that residents would largely benefit from the government’s plan to regenerate the entire area.

Sanwo-Olu identified abuse of drainages, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and outright disregard for the environment as reasons for instructing the demolition of the shops and stalls mounted by residents.

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“As part of our administration’s plan for the regeneration of Lagos Island, I went on an on-site inspection of some areas in that axis that were affected by floods,” he wrote on his X page.

“What was sadly visible during this inspection was the outright disregard for their well-being, the environment and their surroundings through the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, abuse of drainages and illegal construction of shops and market stalls by some residents.

“I have therefore issued a one-week quit notice to the affected people. I promised residents of the government’s plan to regenerate the entire place for the good of the residents and the general populace.

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“The ministry of environment has been instructed to serve the requisite notices and begin demolition of illegal structures immediately.”

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