Fear of demolition grips Lagos slum dwellers

The urban renewal programme in Lagos is threatening the housing security of residents who live in the many ‘illegal’ settlements in the megacity. Beautification and channelization appear higher on the Lagos State Government’s list of priorities than secure housing for the city’s over 12 million residents.

Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the Environment, visited an illegal urban settlement several months ago, saying that the residents “constituted a nuisance.” He gave them 30 days to quit the settlement. ChannelsTV reports: “months after receiving this notice, the residents of Adelabu community are still uncertain of their fate.

Illegal ‘colonies’ seem to exist almost everywhere in Lagos making its government to step up its urban renewal and channelization programme to rejuvenate it. The Otumara village in Constain and Ijora Badia has also been asked to leave to make way for the ongoing rebranding, renewal and channelization programmes to complement the beautification of the Constain and Iganmu areas.”

For the full story and details of affected settlements visit ChannelsTV.

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