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Lagos Taskforce shows red card to shacks built along the canal

Lagos Taskforce shows red card to shacks built along the canal

The Lagos State Taskforce has served eviction notices on squatters and illegal residents living near various canal cuts in the state to address the frequent flooding during heavy rains in Lagos. The notices, served on Thursday, July 11, by the Chairman of the agency, CSP Adetayo Akerele, targeted strategic locations where shacks and makeshift buildings were erected too close to sewage systems, in contravention of building regulations that require a minimum distance of 15 feet from canal cuts.

CSP Adetayo Akerele

Stressing the urgency of this measure, CSP Akerele stated, “Squatters’ activities are a ticking time bomb worldwide due to the unpredictable climate changes. Floods have been recorded in various parts of the world, which are mostly not pleasant in the end. That is why we are here to ensure that the canals, collectors and drainage channels are all cleared to ensure quick and unhindered flow of water, especially during heavy rainfall.”

The taskforce visited several locations including Soluyi Gbaada, Gbagada bus stop (next to Atunrashe Estate), Charlie Boy bus stop and Bajulaiye canal to brief residents on the Lagos State Government’s plans to clear these areas. He also mentioned reports from residents and artisans around Gbagada of illegal activities by miscreants who use the shacks as hideouts to commit crimes such as purse snatching and car vandalism. Clearing the canal surrounds will also help reduce crime in the area.

CSP Adetayo Akerele
Notices were on Thursday, July 11, sent to squatters and illegal residents living near various canal stretches in the state to raise awareness of frequent flooding during heavy rainfall in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

“Shank houses have no place in a mega city like Lagos as they are not compatible with environmental standards, criminals live in them and they spoil the appearance of any neighbourhood where they are built. It is clear that they dump their garbage into the drains, thereby contributing to flooding in Lagos. It is high time to put an end to this,” said CSP Akerele.

The Chairman promised to continue the demolition work in the said areas and extend the effort to other flood-prone parts of the state, assuring Lagosians that no element would block the drainage channels designed for the flow of water during the rainy season.

Akerele urged residents to use the agency’s “If You See Something, Say Something” media campaign to report suspicious activities to ensure the safety and livability of the Lagos metropolis.