Lagos suspends demolition of illegal structures

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday directed the suspension of on-going demolition of illegal structures on drainage alignments at Yaya Abatan to Obawole in Ogba, Lagos State.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, the temporary suspension is in view of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Bello said the demolition exercise was duly approved in February after several contravention notices had been issued to owners and occupiers of the structures.

He added that the demolition exercise was part of the wholesome clearing and cleaning of Drainage channels and alignments by the State Government in readiness for the rainy season.

He reiterated that with the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing by all, a temporary halt was being applied to the exercise for now.

The Commissioner added that after the COVID-19 pandemic must have been overcome, the exercise would be revisited by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

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