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Lagos Govt gives 48-hour quit notice to owners of illegal structures in Obalende

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The Lagos State government has issued a 48-hour quit notice to owners of illegal structures, shanties and container-shops around Obalende, to evacuate the area, hinging on the incessant flood being experienced across all parts of the state.

The government has said all owners of such properties are obstructing the smooth flow of water in drainage systems.

Adebayo Taofiq, the Head Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday that the illegal structures were blocking the drainage, thus, resulting to flood in Lagos.

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The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, also disclosed that these illegal structures and shanties are blocking the free flow of drainages and canals around obalende, leading to flood whenever it rains.

Egbeyemi said, “the initial six-month notice from the government expired recently but the law permitted this new 48 hours Abatement Notice to be served before any demolition.
“The perennial flooding experienced in some parts of the state were not natural but a ‘Man-Made Disaster and this is due to carelessness of members of the public by dumping refuse and used tyres into secondary and primary water channels, canals and drainages.

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He asserted that the present administration is spending much on infrastructure development which includes clearing of drainages and canals across the state.

He therefore urged owners of such illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops around Obalende, including under bridges to remove them within 48 hours of this notice or have them demolished by the government.

According to him, all motor mechanics and all other forms of unauthorised commercial activities within Obalende and its environs are also affected by the new directive.

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“We seek for a total compliance and maximum cooperation from the people around Obalende.
“We also advise miscreants and hoodlums around the area to relocate outside the state as anyone arrested would be immediately be charged to court,’ he said.

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