The Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency and Lagos State Building Control Agency, has embarked on the demolition of illegal structures along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
According to a statement on Monday, the General Manager of LASPEMA, Daisi Oso, who spoke during the joint exercise, said the structures were built under power transmission lines.
He said, “Months back, appeals were made and contravention notices were served to all owners/occupiers of car lots, shanties, and other informal business operators on setbacks along Lekki-Epe Expressway axis, without compliance.
“Lekki remains a very critical area and one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing axis, where both government and private sectors are making huge investments. Because of this, the state government will continue to preserve the environment and anything less becomes an irritant because the present government is committed to achieving its THEMES agenda.
“This demolition exercise will be extended to other parts of the state, especially where infractions are noticed on setbacks/incidental open spaces.
“These illegal structures were erected under power transmission lines and the state government, under any administration, did not issue any approval/permit to occupants of the concerned areas for either business or residential purposes against claims from some quarters.”