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Gov’t resumes removal of ‘illegal structures’ in Lagos Island markets

The Lagos State Government has resumed the removal of illegal extensions in Lagos Island markets.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who disclosed this on Saturday, said the exercise was to ensure safety, orderliness and free flow of traffic.

Following the fire outbreak that occurred at Dosunmu (Idumota) market in April, the government had said that unapproved and failed structures within the market would be demolished.

At least 16 buildings were affected, out of which six collapsed as a result of the fire, which the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service attributed to the refuelling of a generator and storage of fuel in kegs at the penthouse of a three-building complex housing a printing shop with chemical contents.

Giving an update on Saturday in a post on his X handle, Wahab said the government had resumed removal of illegal extensions.

He said the demolition exercise was being carried out by a combined team of the Ministry of Special Duties; Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development; Ministry of Environment and Water Resources; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA); Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service; Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC, also know as KAI); Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA); Lagos Central Business Districts and the Nigeria Police Force.

“Lagos State Government continues the removal of illegal extensions in Markets in Lagos Island to ensure safety, orderliness and opening up of Free Flow of Traffic, the illegal extensions removed before were rebuilt by the defaulters.

“A combined team of the Special Duties, Physical Planning, Ministry of Environment @LasgMOE, Urban Development, LASTMA, LASBCA, LNSC, KAI, CBD, LASURA, Lagos Fire Service, NPF.

“This operation is part of the recommendations of the Docemo Fire Incident Committee led by the Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Gbenga Oyerinde,” the Commissioner said.

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