The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has vowed to take down more houses blocking drainage channels in the state.
In a video posted on his Instagram handle, Wahab showed drone footage of illegal estates built inside the Gedegede-Ikota drainage channel, which he said is causing flooding in the Lekki Phase 11 area.
“Drone footage shows how illegal structures were built on drainage channels and setbacks along Gedegede-Mobil road-Ikota, blocking the canals and causing flooding in Lekki Phase II.
#CleanerLagos,” he wrote in the post.
Wahab said that the state government will not be selective in its enforcement and application of the law, and that all structures built on drainage channels will be removed. He also urged residents to cooperate with the government in its efforts to ensure a healthy environment for all.
The Lagos State government has been doing a demolition exercise recently to remove illegal structures built on drainage channels and waterways. The exercise aims to reduce flooding in the state, a major problem during the rainy season.
However, the demolition exercise has been criticised by some residents, who argue that it displaces people and destroys their homes. The government has defended the exercise, saying that it is necessary to protect the lives and property of residents from flooding.
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