The Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to property owners and developers against erecting structures on wetlands in the state to avoid flooding as well as preventable loss of lives during heavy rainfall.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, gave the warning yesterday, during an inspection tour of some areas in the Magodo area of the state to assess the level of compliance with demolition exercises.
Mr. Wahab warned that the state government, under the leadership of Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, would not tolerate any form of indiscipline, or recklessness, as such development is inimical and disastrous to residents during the rainy season.
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The warning followed petitions to the state government by the Residents’ Association in the area on suspicious planned development of the wetland by the communities.
Mr. Wahab insisted that the government’s position remained that no wetland would be developed for residential or commercial purposes. He also insisted that the buildings demolished around the Isolo/Jakande area of the state had no approvals, especially as they were on canals and blocked the path of water.