LASG To Demolish Houses in Lekki-Ajah
No fewer than 70 houses built on unapproved sites within the Lekki-Ajah axis will be pulled down.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who made the pronouncement on Saturday, said the affected structures, most of which have been completed by their owners, are built on the right of way of tertiary canals and access roads.
Sanwo-Olu led the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State Executive Council on an inspection of regional roads and waterfronts in Lekki and Victoria Garden City (VGC), saying that the developers of the properties on the inspected areas recklessly built their structures on unapproved sites and illegally embarked on development that encroached on statutory alignments and setbacks.
According to him, most were done in violation of the State’s physical planning law and master plan, stressing that there would be partial and complete demolition of the marked structures to enable the government to reclaim canals’ right of way and also to embark on construction of regional access roads that would relieve pressure on Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The Governor said the unapproved development was part of the reasons for flood in the axis, noting that the terrain of the entire Lekki-Ajah neighborhood is situated on a low plain, which makes the area prone to flooding.