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Lagos Govt. issues quit notices to property owners, others along canal setbacks

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has issued a 21-day quit notice to property owners, traders, and artisans along Akilo road in Agege Local Government and its environs for erecting structures illegally under power-line, canal setback and land earmarked for public facilities.

It said that the structures were not approved by any of its agencies considering the threat pose by canals and power lines to lives and property their activities around the canal and under power lines.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, who disclosed this during the inspection of the land which was earmarked for the development of Mechanic Villages and Infrastructural facilities, stated that anyone found on the land was an illegal squatter.
Fayinka further explained that the visit was convened in response to the growing threats posed by some lawless activities which bother on safety and security of lives and properties in the State, adding that urgent action needed to be taken hence the inspection tour.
‘Upon inspection of the land by our team recently, it was discovered that structures not approved by the Lagos State Government have sprung up in contravention of the usage of the power line corridor by traders and residents of this axis”, the governor’s aide added.
While warning the occupiers on the imminent enforcement, the Special Adviser urged residents of the State to abide by the provisions of the Lagos State Traffic Laws in order to achieve the developmental plans of a sustainable, organised, and livable environment.
Speaking at the Inspection site, the Chairman, Agege Local Government, Kola Egunjobi, appealed to the residents of Agege to comply with the 21 days notice by ensuring all illegal structures under the power line and canal setbacks are removed.
Also present at the inspection tour were the Council-Manager, Agege Local Government, Dipe Adekunle, and Director, and Assistant Director, Transport Operation, Olasunkanmi Ojowuro.

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