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Lagos Govt. begins removal of Ojota, Ogudu buildings on drainage

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

After several engagements with owners of buildings erected on and beside drainage channel in Odo Iyalaro – Ojota – Ogudu axis of Lagos, the State Government has commenced removal of the structures discovered still posing threat to the free flow of waste water inside the channel in compliance with the existing regulations.

The removal exercise which followed the expiration of several served contravention notices on the property owners was carried out by operatives of the Drainage Enforcement and Compliance (DEC) with security back up from the Task Force on Special Offences and other agencies.

Before the demolition exercise on Monday, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources had also explored consultative stakeholders meetings that involved members of the legislative Assembly, one of which was held on December 21 last year to find possible solutions.

At one of such meetings convened by HC MOE&WR, Tokunbo Wahab, with House of Assembly member representing. Kosofe 1, Hon Sanni Okanlawon in attendance, none of the property owners could provide evidence of titles to the structures built on the drainage right of way.

While speaking at that meeting, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, reiterated that in the absence of valid titles, all the structures on the System 1 Right of Way will have to go.

Wahab added that the State government also discovered that while contravention notices had been served, some of the property owners continued with the construction in an open display of impunity.

He stated that it is advisable for those who voluntarily remove the contravening structures and fences to do so before the state government officials moved in with their equipments.

He explained that the enforcement exercise will address the issue of perennial flooding which has led to avoidable damages to properties and caused fatalities in some instances.

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