The Lagos State Government has served contravention notice to property owners along the corridor of Shoreline Estate, Onikoyi Estate, Park View and Banana Island whose properties fall within channel setbacks.
The government gave a 7-day ultimatum to these house owners in these areas to remove their fences encroaching on drainage channels.
This was made known by the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, while addressing newsmen after an inspection of some areas in Ikoyi, including the State House, and Dodan Barracks over the weekend.
The commissioner, however, said instead of 3 metres, the government would be magnanimous and demand only 2.5-metre space, adding that any building that fell short would be removed.
He urged owners of such buildings to voluntarily remove such encroaching fences before the expiration of the ultimatum, warning that “if they fail to do so and allow the government to use taxpayers’ funds to enforce, property owners would be surcharged for the expenses incurred.”