The Lagos State Government has demolished over 120 illegal structures including shops constructed under power line at Itedo community in Lekki axis of the state.
Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the demolition exercise, explained that government had to demolished the structures to forestall danger of staying under high tension cables.
According to him, the state government had issued a 6 months demolition notice to both owners and occupants.
Egbeyemi said apart from the dangers posed by high tension cables, the structures had become hideout for miscreants/hoodlums who engage in hemp smoking and prostitution by under age at Itedo.
He hinted that the newly introduced ‘Rent-To-Own’ housing policy scheme of the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, which has more than 4,355 fully equipped housing unit spread across the State was meant to alleviate housing challenges.
The said the building was constructed for both low/middle income earners and to equally discourage people living at any restricted areas which include under high tension cables.
Egbeyemi also urged traders/middle income earners to apply and benefit from the N25 billion Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund (LSETF) scheme that provides soft loan between N500, 000 and N5 million to entrepreneurs to improve their business outlook.
He however urges both owners and occupiers of shops and structures constructed under high tension cables across the State to immediately remove them as the demolition exercise would be extended to other areas.
A trader, Eto Patrick, whose structure was also demolished, said that the government served owners and occupants both ‘Removal Order’ and ‘Demolition Notice’ over 3 weeks ago.
However, some residents in the area commended the government for being responsible by demolishing the structures saying that it is not ideal to reside or trade under high tension cables or power lines.
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