Lagos gives 48 hours quit notice to owners of illegal structures
The Lagos State government yesterday served another 48 hours ‘Abatement Notice’ to all owners of illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops around Obalende to remove them immediately.
In a statement, chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that these illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops were directly constructed/placed blocking the free flows of drainage and canals around the state, thereby causing flood whenever it rains.
He disclosed further that the initial six-month notice from the government expired recently but the law permitted this new 48 hours ‘Abatement Notice’ to be served before any demolition.
The chairman stated that perennial flooding experienced in some parts of the state were not natural but a ‘man-made disaster’ due to carelessness of members of the public by dumping refuse and used tyres into both secondary/primary water channels (canals and drainages).
Egbeyemi said the present administration is spending much on infrastructural development, which includes clearing of drainages and canals across the state but there is the need for an ‘attitudinal change’ from members of the public to support the government in securing the environment.
He implored owners of such illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops around Obalende including under bridges to remove them within 48 hours of this notice or have them demolished by the government.
The chairman hinted that motor mechanics and all other form of unauthorised commercial activities within Obalende and its environs are also affected by this notice.
Egbeyemi, who seeks for a total compliance and maximum cooperation from the people around Obalende, however advised miscreants and hoodlums around the area to relocate outside the state as anyone arrested would be immediately charge to court for prosecutions.
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