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19 Oct 2016

More houses to go under the ground as Lagos govt begins new phase of demolitions

The Lagos State Government says the decision to demolish illegal structures and shanties by the riversides and under high-tension wires across the state is due to security concerns and abuse of building regulations.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, at a press conference on Tuesday, said the move was in line with the government’s vision of a clean environment and restoration of the Lagos State’s master plan.
He said, “The government has noted with dismay, flagrant disobedience of building regulations in the state, hence its decision to clear structures that are in contravention of the law.”
Ayorinde, who spoke along with his counterparts in the Ministry of Housing, Gbolahan Lawal; Ministry of the Environment, Babatunde Adejare; and officials from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, added that the government had made it a policy to have zero tolerance for illegal structures.
“These ramshackle structures, sheds and canopies, especially by riversides, have been turned into abodes of miscreants, kidnappers and touts, who vandalise public utilities and attack innocent citizens.
“Nothing is being done without due considerations to the extant laws of the state and without adequately engaging the communities and the people involved, as demonstrated by what the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode did in Illubirin, by giving residents more time to move despite repeated warnings and notices that were served.”
The Commissioner for Housing, Lawal, said the occupants of Ilubinrin were evicted and their shanties demolished because they were illegal settlers in the area.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, said adequate notices and sensitisation were embarked upon by the government on the need to refrain from constructing any structure by riversides and under high-tension wires.
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