The demolition of illegal structures and shanties in the Lekki Phase 2 area of Lagos State is ongoing today. The residents of Gedegede community, who are squatting illegally, have been given a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the premises.
Over the weekend, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, inspected the drainage channels in Dodan Barracks, Obalende, Victoria Island, and Lekki Phase 2. Following the inspection, Wahab ordered the squatters to leave the area immediately.
Wahab expressed his disappointment with the squatters for constructing buildings on the canals, which obstructed the flow of water. He emphasized that water will always find its way, regardless of any obstacles.
Regarding the environmental violations committed in Obalende, the commissioner stated that notices will be served to those responsible in order to rectify the situation.
Wahab commented, “It is regrettable that people have forgotten the power of the environment and it is disheartening to see individuals behaving recklessly in the pursuit of financial gain.”
The petition we received addresses the issue of people building structures on the canal at Gedegede community, Lekki II. This construction is causing the primary channel to narrow, which may lead to water overflowing and damaging people’s properties.
It is disheartening to see individuals being reckless in their pursuit of land for financial gains, disregarding the well-being of others. As a consequence, we will commence demolition on Monday for those who have previously received notices, without considering any potential consequences.
Additionally, those who are newly notified will have a seven-day grace period to vacate the area.
In our efforts to assess the situation, we also visited Dodan Barracks to inspect the path for waste water and the canal, which regrettably turned out to be obstructed.
Consequently, we will arrange a meeting with the GOC barracks to discuss the reopening of the path and ensure the smooth flow of water into the primary channel.
Furthermore, our visit to Obalende revealed that the entire area has become visually displeasing. Specifically, the path designated for the Macgregor canal has been blocked. To rectify this, we will issue vacate notices to the occupants, enabling us to restore order to the area.
The Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, commended the government for its proactive approach in addressing the growing problem. He assured that the traditional institution would remain supportive of government policies and initiatives aimed at improving the environment.
Additionally, the monarch expressed his willingness to collaborate with the government in establishing more green spaces to enhance the beauty of the surroundings.
He emphasized the significance of maintaining a clean environment in light of the climate change crisis and stressed the importance of consistent engagement with the public to encourage good habits.
The Oniru of Iru Kingdom, along with other traditional and community leaders, pledged their ongoing support to the Lagos State Government’s efforts in creating a livable environment.
Additionally, I have engaged in conversations with the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) in order to explore the potential for creating verdant parks within the city.
Recognizing the significance of a lush environment, I possess an area measuring approximately 15,000 square meters that could be transformed into an enriching space. It is essential that we intensify our efforts in this regard.