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‘You’re Ruining Real Estate Value’ – Yemi Alade Tackles Lagos Govt Over House Demolition

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Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, has berated the Lagos State Government over the recent demolition of some houses in the Maryland and Mende areas of the state.

Naija News reports that the ‘Johnny’ crooner, in an Instagram post on Sunday, frowned at the Lagos government’s incessant demolition of houses.

She asserted that the government was making life more difficult for citizens by rendering them homeless overnight, adding that the ongoing demolition is ruining the real estate value of the state and driving investors away.

The singer said, “Lagos State, what’s going on? Does it make sense that people will invest millions of naira and dollars into real estate; buy houses and lands and the state government will demolish the place and render people homeless overnight?

“This thing is happening repeatedly. Right now, Maryland, Mende area is on fire. People are sleeping in their houses, waking up the next day, homeless.

“You’re ruining the real estate value of the state and country, making people lose trust not only just in the idea of Nigeria but lose hope entirely in the little coins they saved to make their lives worthwhile. How is this okay? Why why?”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has clarified the reason for the ongoing demolition of houses in Mende, Maryland and other parts of the state.

In a statement via X, Wahab stated that the houses being demolished were built on drainage channels.

He wrote, “We also visited Mende Villa, Maryland where the Developer initially claimed there was a drainage approval on the property. The Directors who were in the know of what transpired at the time, were invited to speak on the issue but confirmed that the Developer was given temporary and conditional approval to leave a 20m setback from the edge of System 1 but he encroached on the setback thereby obstructing the flow of rainwater.

“However, by the magnanimity of Governor @jidesanwoolu, the ROW was approved to be reduced to 100 meters from 140 and spread on a 60/40 basis ( 60 Mende /40 Ogudu) instead of the initial 140 sitting on the Mende side. The instruction to immediately continue the removal of all structures on the alignment has been given to the enforcement team after the 1st notice to remove was served on them in 2021 and the last notice was served in November 2023 after the meeting with the stakeholders.”

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