Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been urged to take action by the people living in the highbrow areas of Lagos state’s Magodo GRA Phase II Association (MRA) due to the increasing levels of insecurity, environmental degradation, and land grabs.
During a news conference, the community asked the governor to take action against the land grabers who are endangering property and life.
They also demanded that the governor summon Dr. Oluyinka Olumide, the Commissioner for Physical Planning, and a few other government employees, claiming that he was involved in the problem that was trembling the estate.
The expansion of the wetlands next to the estate, which the locals claimed threatened the community, especially during flash floods, was one of their main concerns.
According to them, the most recent conflict started when the government authorized the construction of a perimeter fence around a section of the estate. However, once the fence was finished, the physical planning enforcement team arrived and removed it, upsetting the inhabitants.
Residents emphasized that the region is an important natural resource that should be maintained rather than utilized for commercial interests. Rainwater from Ikeja and other parts of the state capital flows into the wetlands.
They added that because of “Omo Onile’s” land-grabbing practices, animals from the marshes have intruded into their dwellings.
Sheriff Daramola, the MRA Chairman, bemoaned the actions of land grabbers, the ensuing insecurity, and the floods brought on by the wetlands’ incursion and the removal of the surrounding fencing.
He entreated the governor and the state government to build a road from the unobstructed Otedola underpass instead of creating connecting roads to the wetlands through Magodo Phase II.
Daramola emphasized the detrimental effects of entering the wetlands through Magodo Phase II, including as heightened traffic volume, weakened infrastructure, and an increase in flooding and soil erosion. He pleaded with the authorities to erect the perimeter wall once more in order to protect the citizens.
A journalist and local named Mr. Mojeed Jamiu emphasized that the bridge and gas pipeline were in danger due to the wetlands’ development.
He noted that the Commissioners of Physical Planning and Environment had competing interests, and he urged Sanwo-Olu to intervene immediately.
When Dr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment, visited Magodo Phase II, the locals were grateful that he understood the importance of the wetlands.
As a result, the locals demanded that the government take into account the possibility of a natural disaster brought on by expanding the wetlands and maintained the safety and peace of Magodo Phase II.
They emphasized how important it is to strike a balance between development and locals’ well-being.
The wetland provides a natural storm collection and flood control container for all stormwater from Agidingbi, Ikeja, Ogba, and Alausa, according to former Lagos State Commissioner Francisco Abosede, who also spoke during the press conference and lives in the Magodo GRA Phase II Estate.
He claimed that if the proposed urban growth plan forces access to the wetland through Magodo Phase II, it will have negative effects on the viability of the development and its inhabitants.
He continued by saying that accessing the wetland through Magodo GRA Phase II would mean demolishing the flimsy infrastructure that the locals have worked together to preserve and maintain with assistance from the Lagos State Government.