Lagos State Government Begins Demolition of Illegal Shanties to Drive Urban Regeneration

The initiative, spearheaded by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, signals a pivotal step in the broader urban regeneration agenda

In a decisive move towards urban revitalization, the Lagos State Government has commenced the removal of illegal shanties and structures that have encroached upon the coastal road at Maiyegun Estate in the Lekki area of the state.

This enforcement action underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to reclaiming and rejuvenating vital urban spaces, aligning with the overarching goal of sustainable development.


The initiative, spearheaded by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, signals a pivotal step in the broader urban regeneration agenda.

Commissioner Wahab, accompanied by state officials, personally inspected the scene of the enforcement, emphasizing the imperative of restoring designated areas for their intended purposes.

Speaking passionately about the significance of this endeavour, Commissioner Wahab underscored that the regeneration efforts are meticulously aligned with the Lagos State Development Plan.

He emphasized that the ongoing demolition activities are not isolated occurrences but are concurrently underway in various parts of the state, including Ijora Under Bridge, Obalende Under Bridge, and Orile.

The Commissioner, represented by Engr. Mahamood Adegbite, the Permanent Secretary of the Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, articulated the government’s stance on adherence to town planning laws.

“Anyone attempting to deviate from the prescribed urban development plan will be met with firm resistance,” asserted Adegbite, reaffirming the government’s commitment to preventing the proliferation of environmental slums within the city.


Underscoring the meticulous approach adopted by the government, Commissioner Wahab highlighted that prior to the enforcement exercise, an exhaustive inventory of buildings with legal documentation was conducted.

Duly identified and numbered lawful structures will be spared from demolition, ensuring that legitimate property rights are upheld.

The government’s resolve to enforce compliance with town planning regulations extends beyond mere rhetoric. “Lagos must not devolve into chaos,” Commissioner Wahab asserted, emphasizing the imperative of maintaining order and discipline in urban development.

The ongoing demolition campaigns across the state serve as a stern admonition that all government spaces will be vigilantly governed and safeguarded.

Addressing the issue of informal settlements and squatters, Commissioner Wahab underscored the government’s proactive measures to engage and sensitize occupants of illegal structures.

Since 2022, efforts have been underway to encourage voluntary relocation, particularly for those residing perilously close to critical infrastructure such as the Regional Road alignment.

Expressing concern over the presence of undocumented residents, Commissioner Wahab highlighted the importance of accurate demographic data for effective governance.

These individuals from the Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA) database need to be addressed in delivering essential social amenities and services, underscoring the urgency of rectifying this discrepancy.

As the demolition progresses, the government remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering sustainable urban development.

Reclaiming public spaces from encroachment and restoring order in urban planning herald a new chapter in Lagos’s journey towards becoming a model megacity.

With decisive actions like these, the Lagos State Government reaffirms its dedication to building a future where every resident can thrive in a safe, orderly, and sustainable environment.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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