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Flood: Lagos Govt Demolishes Shanties Obstructing Drainage Channels



The Lagos State government has begun the demolition of shanties and other illegal buildings constructed along the Gbagada-Bariga drainage channel.

The commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this in a post on his official X page on Wednesday, July 10.

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He wrote: “Following the expiration of a removal notice to owners of shanties beside Bariga – Gbagada Drainage Channel, operatives of the Drainage Enforcement and Compliance department from Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources commenced the removal of all the shanties on the drainage setback to stem the incident of flooding.”

According to Wahab, the canal has been obstructed by squatters residing there and property owners who have constructed buildings that hinder water movement, both of which have contributed to the local floods.

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