CITIZENS COMPASS- DAYS after a viral video about massive flooding in Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos State, the state government is set to demolish some buildings which have been obstructing free flow of water in the axis.
The state government also disclaimed the content of the viral video describing it as misleading.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in a statement signed by Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello
He said contrary to impressions being created with the video, the area which is behind Abimbola Awoniyi Estate by Agric Road, Oko Oba, Agege has always experienced flash floods and that all affected structures were illegally built on a drainage channel alignment.
He stated that photos that were taken two hours after the rain showed the culpability of the property owners who have limited the capacity of the Oko Oba channel by infringing on its setback.
Bello added that the photos also showed the extent at which the setback had been turned into a refuse dump by residents, informing that the infringed Oko Oba channel will be expanded by Eight Metres with observance of Five Meters Right of Way on both sides.
The Commissioner said all the owners of the structures to be affected will be served with appropriate contravention notices after which the structures will be removed.
He, however, warned all those in the habit of circulating misleading videos, especially during rainfalls to desist as such will continue to be repudiated with facts.