Sanwo-Olu’s Directives On Jankara Markets Demolition Elicit Mixed Reactions

Lagos State Takes Decisive Action on Infrastructure and Environment

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued a directive for the demolition of the renowned Bombata and Jankara Markets situated in Lagos Island. This decision is part of a broader initiative to rejuvenate Lagos Island and implement a deflooding project for the region. The announcement came during the governor’s media briefing following an inspection tour of various areas, including Idumagbo Avenue, Ojo-Giwa, Jankara, Oroyinyin, Bombata, Pelewura, and Ilubinrin.

The state’s objective is to construct a Pumping Station, measuring six meters by 1.2 meters, designed to channel floodwaters from the Thomas and Idumagbo regions into the Lagoon. This initiative is in response to the increasing challenges of flooding in the state.

Sanwo-Olu emphasized the need for residents to adopt a more environmentally conscious attitude, stating that the state would not tolerate environmental abuse. He also announced that the Ministry of the Environment would soon issue notices to traders and squatters, particularly in the Pelewura Market. Collaborative efforts with the concessionaire and the Local Government will determine the timeline for the market’s evacuation and subsequent demolition.

Furthermore, the governor revealed that the original contractor, Messrs Julius Berger, would soon begin assessing roads in Idumagbo, Ojo-Giwa, Oroyinyin, and Adeniji Adele, marking the commencement of the second phase of the entire area’s regeneration.

In a related development, the state government has given a seven-day ultimatum to illegal occupants residing near drainage channels around Dodan Barracks in Obalende and the Gedegede Community in Lekki. These structures, which obstruct the free flow of water, have been marked for demolition.

The Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdul-wasiu Lawal, commended the state government’s efforts in promoting a cleaner environment. He expressed his readiness to support the government’s initiatives, especially in restoring the state’s greenery. The monarch also proposed a partnership with the state to establish a green park in Iru Kingdom, allocating 15,000 square meters for this purpose.

Lastly, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has finalized plans to demolish over 30 illegal structures in Ogombo, located in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area. These structures, mostly built on government land by individuals who acquired the land unlawfully, have been a longstanding issue in the area.

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