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Sanwo-Olu To Begin Demolition Of Markets Built On Drainage.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (third left) listening to a point from the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association, Hon Fouad Oki (second right) during an inspection of the flooded areas in Lagos Island on Sunday, 8 October 2023

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the demolition of illegal market structures built on drainage in the Lagos Island area of the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on Sunday during a “drainage and regeneration tour of Lagos Island,” expressed sadness over the “outright disregard for their well-being and environment” by residents in the area.

“I am using this information as a notice to all of the illegal squatters and those that are doing illegal activities there, that it is an official notice again that we will take and clean up the entire market and we will start fully with Bombata Market and Jankara Market. It’s going to be ground zero,” the governor said.

Speaking on the illegal dumping of refuse noticed in the area, Sanwo-Olu said, “I am using this channel again to appeal to our citizens that we will not tolerate it. There will be zero tolerance and as from tomorrow, the Ministry of the Environment will start giving demolition notices to all of the stores that have been built on the drainage.

“As part of our administration’s plan for the regeneration of Lagos Island, I went on an on-site inspection of some areas in that axis that were affected by floods.

“I visited Jankara, Ojo Giwa, Oroyiyin, Idumagbo and Pelewura markets. What was sadly visible during this inspection was the outright disregard for their well-being, the environment and their surroundings through the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, abuse of drainages and illegal construction of shops and market stalls by some residents.

“I have, therefore, issued a one-week quit notice to the affected people. I promised residents of the government’s plan to regenerate the entire place for the good of the residents and the general populace.”

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