Lagos govt issues 4-day quit notice to squatters on coastal roads

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Lagos State Government has issued four day relocation notice to all squatters occupying illegal shanties around the coastal roads in Mayegun, Lekki area of the state.

The state government stressed that it has become necessary following the indiscriminate springing up of shanties and illegal structures.

Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour to Jakande, Elegushi itedo, System 156 and 44 on Orchid Road on Sunday, the state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, said all such illegal shanties and squatters, close to Regional Road Alignment must vacate the area by Thursday afternoon as enforcement would commence in the early hours of Friday morning.

Wahab, accompanied by the Special Adviser on Environment, Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr Mahmood Adegbite, Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji,  Chairman of Task Force on Special Offences, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Sola Jejeloye and heads of agencies inspected System 157 (Orchid Road), System 44 (Lekki to Ikota), Mayegun Area (Jakande), Regional Road Alignment, Dodan Barracks and Obalende.

The commissioner stated that the tour was important in order to ensure that the coastal alignment of the aforementioned areas are secured and illegal settlements along the corridors are removed, stressing that by next week the  spots would be cleared with the Lagos State Building Control  Agency, LABCA, involved in the proper regeneration of the axis.

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“The government has cleared  Ijora under bridge, Obalende Under bridge, Apongbon under bridge, Agege Red rail line amongst others. I will like to say that most of these places cleaned up are notorious sites that harbour criminals and as  such they are threats to residents. The clean up exercise would be  sustained to ensure that ejected squatters do not return to rebuild these shanties” he said.

Wahab, added that the team would visit Aboru, Command, Abule – Egba to inspect on going work in the areas, stressing that the enforcement drive is a state wide exercise.

According to the commissioner: “Enforcement will commence this week on System 157 (Orchid Road) to open the 40 metres drainage. This has become necessary as people have built on the canal path and narrowed the primary channel thereby causing flooding in the area.”

He said the government convened several stakeholders meetings with property owners and the affected residents who were served contravention notices in the last quarter of 2023 adding that since then, they have not seen commitment from the affected community members.

The team also visited Ilubirin to assertain the level of the ongoing project  to instal an underground tank to deflood Lagos-Island awarded 3 years ago, with a confirmation from the contractor that the project will definitely be delivered in 90days.

 “Ilubirin is strategic because the government is set  to regenerate Isale Eko and environs and in order to do that,  there is need to get the outflow of water through the Ilubirin path,” he said.

Also, Olakunle -Akodu, advised recalcitrant squatters who are still staying in the affected areas to relocate before the enforcement team moves in on Friday.

He said that the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is focused on restoring the greenery and beautify all parts of the state including Agege, Lagos Island, Ikeja and other areas where illegal squatters have encroached upon.

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