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Task Force clears shanties at Lekki coastal axis

By Victor Gbonegun
04 February 2022   |   3:53 am
The Lagos State Task force has again reiterated its commitment to the clearing of all shanties in the state to pave way for free flow of traffic, discourage haphazard development and promote a crime free society.

The Lagos State Task force has again reiterated its commitment to the clearing of all shanties in the state to pave way for free flow of traffic, discourage haphazard development and promote a crime free society.

Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, Shola Jejeloye said this during the clearing exercise of shanties along Lekki-Marwa Coastal road, Sapphire Tower and Blue Water Area of Lekki -Epe Expressway.

The agency made arrests of miscreants in the locations for flouting the state laws and the physical and infrastructural development master plan.

Jejeloye who led the team of operatives of the agency during the exercise, said the state is no longer home for miscreants and haphazard development or shanties, but can only accommodate people who are thinking of making Lagos a mega city of first choice.

He said: “It is unthinkable to see people residing or sleeping in a place that is not fit for animals. We will make the state uninhabitable for all the serial law breakers and criminals.”

According to him, government had served illegal occupants notices in previous years and also carried out a demolition exercise at the same location to allow for free flow of traffic, beautification exercise and boost creative economy through development of tourism assets in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the State for a greater Lagos, but the large expanse of land had since been re-occupied by squatters and illegal occupants who erect structures and makeshift buildings.

He said: “We have been here severally to demolish these illegal structures impeding free flow of traffic and construction of alternate road. The area is becoming a breeding ground for miscreants and hoodlums who engage in traffic robbery along this route and we will make sure we flush them out completely.”

Jejeloye said that the agency had cleared over 25 shanties last year, while some residents were charged to court for violating environmental laws.

He further stated that government will carry out proper environmental monitoring and cleansing of shanties just as it did the previous year, when shanties at railway line, Ijora, White Sand, Breweries and shanties at Iwaya in Yaba axis were all cleared.

“These shanties were built haphazardly without any form of environmental provision for waste disposal or drainage channels. That is the reason most of these areas are flooded and overwhelmed whenever it rains. We will not condone it any longer.

“Wetlands, which are very common attributes of a Coastal State like Lagos, if not properly managed, could worsen the flooding usually experienced during rainy season. We have to make sure illegal occupants do not encroach them. That is the reason we partnered with other MDAs to reclaim wetlands like Odo-Iyalaro,” he explained.