Owners of homes built on drainage channels have been threatened by the Ogun State government with having to pay for the homes’ destruction.
The government has requested that people whose homes were scheduled for destruction due to blocking water flow do so willingly. Otherwise, the state would cover the expense to destroy the buildings, which the homeowners would be responsible for.
When he was in charge of a multi-sectoral team from the state government to study the effects of urban floods in the Ikenne Local Government Area, the commissioner for the environment, Ola Oresanya, issued the warning.
He claims that despite several warnings and deadlines, the owners of the listed structures are still waiting for the state to take the property away.
He emphasized that the owners of the land would be required to pay the state government “for using taxpayers’ money to remove it for them and further face possible penalties as the government will drag them to court for violating the state environmental laws.”
The affected landlords were told by the commissioner to get rid of their buildings in order to escape punishment.
Additionally, he ordered them to build and maintain tertiary drains in front of their homes to properly channel their wastewater; if they fail to do so, they must provide proof of wastewater storage tanks to support the state government’s efforts to build and maintain primary and secondary trunks.
Any homeowner who disobeys these instructions by permitting their effluent to spill onto the roads may face punishment.
“We won’t sit back and watch while individuals demolish roads that were financed by public dollars. This behavior of our people, which must end immediately, is one of the main things that destroys the road infrastructure that the state government has spent hard in, said Oresanya.