Lagos State to Remove Over 100 Shanties Under Adeniji Adele Bridge

The Lagos State Government announced plans to remove over 100 shanties located under the Adeniji Adele Bridge. The decision comes after a 48-hour eviction notice given to residents expired on May 5, 2024.

Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, stated the removals are part of an initiative to reclaim “ungoverned spaces” within Lagos. The government expressed concerns about sanitation and accusations that the shanties serve as havens for criminal activity.

Residents Urged to Vacate Voluntarily

Authorities urged shanty occupants to vacate the area with their belongings before enforcement operations begin. The Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) task force and Ministry officials will be deployed with security backup to carry out the removals.

Reactions and Concerns

The announcement has sparked mixed reactions. While some residents support the government’s efforts to improve city aesthetics and security, others worry about the displacement of vulnerable residents.

Lack of Affordable Housing

Critics point out the ongoing lack of affordable housing options in Lagos, forcing many to live in informal settlements. They urge the government to consider providing temporary housing or relocation assistance to those affected.

The situation highlights the complex challenges faced by Lagos, Africa’s most populous city. Balancing urban development with the needs of low-income residents remains a critical issue.


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