The Lagos State Government through a combined team of Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency (LASPEMA), Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), and the State Special Operations Task Force has embarked on the demolition of structures illegally built under High-Tension power line along Lekki-Epe express road.
The General Manager of LASPEMA, Tpl Daisi Oso, stated that months back, appeals were made and contravention notices served to all owners/occupiers of car lots, shanties, and other informal business operators along Lekki-Epe Expressway axis, without compliance.
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Oso explained that the encroachment on the Setbacks and Incidental Open Spaces (IOS), which posed a serious threat to the safety of lives and properties of citizens and future developments in the State, could not be overlooked by the state government hence the urgent intervention to restore sanity on setbacks/IOS throughout the State.
Oso said, Lekki remains a very critical area and one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing axis, where both government and private sectors are making huge investments. Because of this, the state government will continue to preserve the environment and anything less becomes an irritant.
He noted that the structures demolished around County Estate and Ikota Villa along Lekki Epe Expressway by the officials of the State Government were considered to be detrimental to the urban environmental quality and many more of such will have to go just for the well-being of residents in the state.
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He noted that the demolition exercise will not only reduce environmental problems but enhance the security of lives and properties of those living in the area, including pedestrians, whose movements have been hampered. This surely will improve the quality of life on the axis.
He affirmed that a series of complaints had been lodged by residents on their fears at the level of degradation going on in Lekki and environ which necessitated stakeholders’ engagement earlier where over 80 inhabitants participated in a virtual meeting, appealing to the state government to help save their lives, investments, and social well-being.