Flooding: Lagos gives quit notice to owners of properties blocking drainage channels
Owing to the recent incidence of flooding in the state, the Lagos state government has ordered owners of properties erected on drainage channels and impeding the free-flow of water to immediately vacate or risk being removed.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment, DR. Babatunde Adejare, expressed dismay that the lawless activities of some people were constantly putting the lives and property of residents at risk.
He listed some areas where properties were erected on drainage channels to include Illubirin, Dolphin Estate, Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Osapa London, Ikota, Ogbomo, Lekki, among others, noting that the massive investment of public fund into drainage clearing and de-silting had been compromised by structures hindering the free-flow of water.
The Commissioner said that the State Government was seriously concerned that man-made causes, particularly impediment of free-flow of storm water through the indiscriminate erection of buildings on drainage alignments/ right of way and water courses, have played a major role in the recent experience of flooding in the state.
Source: Vanguard News