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Banana Island, Ikoyi Houses Demolished

On Monday 9th February, buildings in Banana Island and Ikoyi areas were demolished by the Lagos state government over dissension with building laws and regulations.

Dr Idris Salako, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, said although a stop-work notice had been given to the owners of the buildings by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, they had continued with construction.

“The governor was here yesterday (Sunday) with the strong instruction that land reclaimed beyond what was approved should be demolished. We would continue to monitor to ensure that building laws and regulations are complied with and it should even be voluntary compliance.

“The gradual takeover of the waterways is a problem. In our master plan, the regional highway ought to pass through a route but there is gradual encroachment on the way. In terms of climate change, gradual reduction in the capacity of the lagoon to flow freely and the consequence the state would be made to grapple with in the future.

“The buildings that were pulled down are a peculiar case because the owners and developer could not provide the approval and clearance to reclaim the land from the state Land Bureau and Ministry of Waterfront,” he said.

Arc. Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure and Development, said the government would not be silent to any form of degradation in its environment.

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