Lagos begins demolition of over 100 shanties under popular bridge on Island


Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources

The Lagos State Government on Sunday stated that it would undertake enforcement action to demolish over 100 shanties housing several people at Adeniji Adele Under-bridge from Monday.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab during an interview with newsmen.

He added that the removal is coming after the expiration of a 48 hours removal notice served on all occupants of the shanties to move with their belongings.

The commissioner informed that operatives of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI/LAGESC) and officials from the Monitoring Enforcement and Compliance (MEC) department of the ministry would be given security back up to conduct the operation.

Wahab emphasized that the exercise is part of the avowed commitment of the present administration under Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to reclaim all ungoverned spaces that dot the lagos landscape.

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He stressed that unsightly shanties which are located in the heart of Lagos Island represents a distorted image of what a smart city like Lagos should be.

Wahab said apart from the unsanitary conditions of residents in the shanties, it also serve as hiding places for criminals and points for peddling hard drugs and substances which is injurious to the wellbeing of law abiding residents.

He advised all the occupants of the shanties in their own interest to voluntarily move out with their belongings before the commencement of the enforcement operations on Monday.

It will be recalled that similar enforcement operations to reclaim uncovered spaces have already taken place at Ijora, Apongbon, Obalende, Dolphin.

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