Lagos Demolishes Illegal Structures on Drainage Channels to Mitigate Flooding

Lagos demolishes illegal structures on drainage channels to prevent flooding, highlighting government's commitment to mitigate flood risks and ensure public safety.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Lagos Demolishes Illegal Structures on Drainage Channels to Mitigate Flooding

Lagos Demolishes Illegal Structures on Drainage Channels to Mitigate Flooding

The Lagos State Government has commenced the removal of illegal structures built on drainage channels in the Ojota and Ogudu areas of the state. The demolition exercise, carried out by the Drainage Enforcement and Compliance (DEC) department with security backup, follows the expiration of several contravention notices served to the property owners.

According to the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, the removal of these structures is aimed at preventing perennial flooding in the affected areas. The ministry had previously explored consultative stakeholder meetings, where it was found that none of the property owners could provide evidence of valid titles for the structures built on the drainage right of way.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, reiterated that in the absence of valid titles, all structures on the System 1 Right of Way would have to be removed. The enforcement exercise is part of the state government's efforts to address the issue of flooding, which has led to avoidable damage to properties and caused fatalities in some instances.

The demolition of illegal structures on drainage channels in Lagos highlights the government's commitment to mitigating the risk of flooding and ensuring the safety of residents. By taking proactive measures to remove obstructions and improve drainage systems, the state aims to minimize the impact of heavy rainfall and prevent loss of life and property.

The ministry had previously demolished several buildings in Lekki, Ikota, International Trade Fair, Agungi, and other parts of the state, citing the illegal siting of the buildings. Some social media users have urged the government to consider alternative means of addressing the issue, such as the use of innovative solutions like underground drainage systems. However, the Lagos State Government remains committed to safeguarding communities across the state from the hazards of flooding, prioritizing the well-being and safety of residents.

Key Takeaways

  • Lagos govt. removes illegal structures on drainage channels in Ojota and Ogudu.
  • Demolition aims to prevent perennial flooding in affected areas.
  • Property owners couldn't provide valid titles for structures on drainage right-of-way.
  • Demolition is part of state's efforts to address flooding and protect residents.
  • Some users suggest alternative solutions like underground drainage, but govt. remains committed.