Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said houses built on government’s Right of Way, RoW, and obstructions on the alignment of the Lekki Regional Road were responsible for the heavy flooding in the Lekki area in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
He has therefore warned that his government would demolish buildings obstructing government’s Right of Way at Lekki.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke while on a road assessment tour on Saturday in Lekki, lamented that people had erected structures without planning approval, thereby obstructing government’s RoW.
According to the governor, the Lekki regional road was meant to be a relief access road for the Lekki-Epe express road.
His words: “We have gone round and have seen that there are places where the alignments are still kept, and people still kept the planning approval of the state government.
“But a major place of concern is where people have completely bastardised the right of way, where people have built structures around the place, without approval.
“We are going to instruct the Ministry of Physical Planning to come and ask for their planning approvals. The ones that do not have, we will mark all those buildings for demolition.
“We want to also engage them because we will need to ask them what other alternatives they want to give us. What alternatives are they going to provide for government.
“If people that are meant to be civilised will come and develop on government’s right of way for future development of roads, I think it speaks to the soul of everybody.
“So let us take them to public courts, let us take them to the public domain, people need to see how reckless people can also live and they show that they are building with high walls with high gates.
“This government will not relent, we will do whatever it is for us to do, so that we can preserve the sanctity of the state, of the city and people that are law abiding must have respite.”