LAGOS BEGINS RECHANNELISATION, REALIGNMENT OF BANANA ISLAND SHORELINE
The Lagos State Government today began the re-channelisation and re-alignment of Banana Island shoreline with the dredging and reopening of the illegally reclaimed portion of the Creek at 101 Close, First Avenue, Banana Island.
Speaking during inspection of the reopening of the Creek today, the Honourable Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, said there is an urgent need to nip the land extension work in the bud, pointing out that it has narrowed the Creek and brought about distortion in the aesthetics of the shoreline as well as a high possibility of environmental degradation.
The Commissioner stated that perpetrators of the illegal reclamation into the Lagoon violate the Physical Planning laws of the State, adding that they had been served with ‘Stop Work’ orders but persisted in the reclamation and construction.
While noting that the State Government will not fold its arms and watch the degradation of its environment and attendant risk to life and property of the citizenry, Abdullahi declared that the demolition, as well as dredging and channelisation works on the illegally reclaimed lands, will continue at Banana Island and other shoreline areas of Lagos in order to restore sanity.
Recall that the State Government commenced the demolition of buildings that contravene the building laws and regulations in Banana Island on Monday.