Lagos State Government Plans Another Mass Demolition of Buildings

The Lagos State government has said it will soon
embark on demolition of illegal buildings built on
petroleum pipelines and under high tension
electricity cables lines in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello
who disclosed this to the residents of Mosan
Okunola area of the state where the August edition
of the environmental sanitation inspection took
place said the state government will soon remove
illegal structure at short notice without
Bello told the residents gripped with fears over
their fate that the government will also demolish
houses built on the drainage channels and walk
ways to pave way for free flow of storm water
and mitigate effects of flooding in the state.
According to him, the state government would soon
embark on the sensitisation of the general public
on the danger inherent in the indiscriminate
building, saying it is wrong for anyone to build
illegally and indiscriminately without approval by
the state government.
He words, "We need to mobilise people; we need to
sensitise them on the need to be aware of their
environment and the danger of their actions. What
is happening now is that people are building
indiscriminately, you see people extending their
fences, their houses. If government wants to build
a drainage channel, how do government build
drainage channel in that kind of situation? "These
are one of the things we have to tell our people to
realise that and stop such action. In the process of
trying to build our canals, many of the buildings
located on the drains will have to go."
Harping on the clamour for compensation for those
whose illegal structures would be affected, Bello
said the state government will not compensate
anyone for violating the building approval and
environmental law, he said.

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