The Lagos State Government has announced the temporary suspension of the on-going demolition of illegal structures on drainage alignments from Yaya Abatan to Obawole in Ogba area of the state.
An environmental activist and journalist, Betty Abbah had claimed that the state government had rendered some residents homeless as a result of the demolition exercise.
But a statement issued by the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources in the State, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the temporary suspension was in view of the need to effectively curb the Coronavirus pandemic in Lagos.
“The demolition exercise was duly approved in February, 2020 after several contravention notices had been issued to owners and occupiers of the structures.
“The exercise is part of the wholesome clearing and cleaning of drainage channels and alignments by the State Government in readiness for the rainy season.
The statement said suspension of the exercise to the need to comply with the stipulated guidelines issued by the Government and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
It maintained that the exercise would be be carried out by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources after a successful containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.