Property owners along the corridor of Shoreline Estate, Onikoyi Estate, Park View, and Banana Island have been notified by the Lagos State Government that their properties violate the channel setbacks.
The government gave them a deadline of seven days to remove their fences that are blocking the drainage channels.
This was announced by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, over the weekend while he spoke to the press after inspecting some places in Ikoyi, such as the State House and Dodan Barracks.
He said that most of the buildings in those places did not follow the legal requirement of three metres for the setback of secondary collector drains.
He said that according to a statement by Kunle Adeshina, a spokesperson for the ministry, they discovered that the first property along the Onikoyi/Banana island collector inside Onikoyi Estate had only 2.5 metres for the drainage setback. He said that they would generously accept 2.5 metres as the standard, even though it was less than the 3 metres required by law.
The commissioner said that the property owners and residents along the mentioned collector drain had only seven days to relocate their fences on both sides of the channel and maintain the 2.5-metre drainage setback. He said that after the notice period, they would start enforcing the law.
The commissioner urged the property owners and residents to cooperate and move their fences by themselves before the enforcement began. He said that if they did not do so and made the government use the tax payers money to enforce, they would have to pay for the costs.
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