LAGOS State government has through the State’s Task Force on environmental sanitation demolished over 120 illegal shops, including structures constructed under high tension cables at Itedo area of Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Chairman of the Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the operatives of the agency to carry out the demolition exercise, said this on Sunday, disclosing that the affected structures were demolished after the government had served a six-month demolition notice to both owners and occupiers.
Egbeyemi said the government took the step because ‘radiation’ from these high tension cables poses serious danger to human health, pointing out that no responsible and responsive government would put any of her citizens’ lives at risks.
He described the affected structures under high tension cables as an eye-saw where prostitution by underage thrives at Itedo and miscreants/hoodlums freely engaged in smoking Indian hemp.
The Task Force boss hinted that the newly introduced ‘Rent-To-Own’ housing policy scheme of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, which had more than 4,355 fully equipped housing unit spread across the state was meant to alleviate housing problem of both low/middle income earners and to equally discourage people living at any restricted areas such as under the high tension cables
He urged traders/middle income earners to apply and benefit from the N25billion Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund (LSETF) Scheme, which tended to help residents start and grow their micro small/medium enterprises with between N500,000 and N5million soft loan and stop trading under high tension cables and other restricted areas across the state.
Egbeyemi has however urged 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.
One of the residents of the area who simply identified himself as Dr Femi Ololade commended the government for saving the lives of both traders and residents living under high tension cables.
Source: Nigerian Tribune