•Lagos issues 7 day eviction notices to squatters in Dodan Barracks and Lekki due to flood concerns
The Lagos State Government has taken decisive action by issuing seven-day eviction notices to squatters occupying drainage channels in Dodan Barracks and the Gedegede Community, both located on Lagos Island. These structures have been deemed illegal and are slated for demolition.
Tokunbo Wahab, the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, issued the eviction order during a weekend inspection tour of drainage facilities in the Obalende area and Lekki Phase 2, within the Eti OSA Local Government Area.
Accompanied by state officials, including Special Adviser Environment Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, permanent secretaries, and agency heads, Wahab conducted inspections of drainage systems and environmental infractions around Dodan Barracks, Obalende, Lekki 2, and Iru Kingdom.
During the tour, the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdul-Wasiu Lawal, commended the government's efforts to promote a cleaner environment and expressed his commitment to supporting initiatives aimed at restoring greenery in the state. He also sought partnerships with the state government to establish a green park in Iru Kingdom, revealing that he has set aside 15,000 square meters of land for this purpose.
Oba Abdul-Wasiu Lawal stressed the importance of maintaining a clean environment in light of climate change and urged the government to continue its regular engagement with stakeholders. He emphasized that consistent enforcement would raise public awareness about the significance of environmental cleanliness.
The traditional ruler pledged ongoing support from traditional leaders and community leaders in the pursuit of a habitable environment. He also discussed plans to collaborate with the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) to create green parks within the city, offering 15,000 square meters of land for this purpose.
Oba Abdul-Wasiu Lawal called upon the state government to continue its inspection tours, which not only deter criminal activity but also provide firsthand insight into the state's ongoing environmental challenges.