Flood: Lagos demolishes street gates, fences, security posts

Flood: Lagos demolishes street gates, fences, security posts
One of the gates/fence causing flood at Victory Estate Okota Lagos, demolished by LASG on Friday (NAN)
Flood: lagos demolishes street gates, fences, security posts
One of the gates/fence causing flood at victory estate okota lagos, demolished by lasg on friday (nan)

In order to tackle flooding, the Lagos State Government has demolished some street gates, security posts and fences of houses constructed on drainage channels and canals in Okota area of the state.

The operation was carried out on Friday by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) and Ministry for Environment, led by Corps Marshall, Maj. Olaniyi Cole rtd.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the exercise reports that the operation was carried out at Liberty, Paris, Victory and Hosanna Goodness Estates, all located in Okota area.

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NAN observed that some  street gates, house fences, including security post were allegedly built on drainage channels and canals.

It  was also observed that a security post’s toilet was constructed on a drainage, as well as many illegal structures, including Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) houses with their shrines built close to a major canal in the area.

Cole said that some residents of the estates petitioned the Commissioner for Environment on the incessant flooding they always faced once it rained  due to the blockage of the canals and drainages by the illegal structures.

Cole said they were given the order to pull down all illegal structures and street gates, stressing that the affected estates and houses were given 48 hours to remove the structures.

He said that for every land approved by the government, the construction of the fence must have 10 metres distance to/from the canal and drainage.

Flood: lagos demolishes street gates, fences, security posts
Opc house with strine demolished along the canal


Mr Adekoya Adedeji, from the Drainage Office, Lagos State Ministry for Environment, linked the flooding situation in many parts of the state to human activities.

Adedeji said for the operation on Friday, some people deliberately blocked the waterways by building fences, shanties and houses on the way.

“People must have understanding that all that government is doing is for the interest of all.

“As government, we will not rest on our effort to ensure that all illegal structures on canals, drainages and other public ways responsible for flooding are cleared for a flood free Lagos,” he said.

Some residents of the estates who spoke with NAN commended the government for the bold step to clear the street gates and illegal structures.

Mr Austin Odinaka, a resident, said the street gates constructed around his street always caused flooding, causing them to take longer journey out of the estate.

Another resident, simply identified as Sunny, said they tried to intervene when they were constructing some street gates, but they were ignored by the initiators of the construction.

Sunny, however, blamed some Lagos State Government Officials and traditional ruler of the area, who collected money and allowed the illegal structures to be constructed.

A victim, whose illegal structure was marked for demolition along the canal, Mrs Nancy Okafor, said she purchased the land from one Mr Odo Chibuzor, at the sum of N536,000, with receipt given to the Corps Marshall as evidence.