The ogun state government has warned that residents who build houses on drainage would pay for the demolition of their houses.
The government had asked those whose houses were marked for demolition for obstructing the flow of water to remove them in their own interest. Otherwise the state government will destroy the structures at a cost payable by the house owners.
The Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, gave the warning when leading a multi-sectoral team to address urban flooding in Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.
Despite the ample notices and ultimatums issued, the property owners are reportedly holding out for the state government to take the necessary steps for the removal of the said properties.
He emphasized that property owners, will still pay the government for the demolition “for using taxpayers’ money to remove it for them and further face possible penalties as the government will drag them to court for contravening the state environmental laws.”
The commissioner instructed the affected property owners to dismantle their constructions promptly to escape any penalties.
In a proactive move towards sustainable living, residents of the state have been urged to take charge of their wastewater management. The commissioner encourages citizens to install drains in front of their residences. Failing this, they are required to furnish proof of wastewater retention tanks.
“Any house owner that fails to comply with these directives by allowing his or her wastewater to flow onto the roads will be penalised.
“We will not fold our hands and see people destroy roads built with taxpayers’ money. The state government has invested heavily in this road infrastructure, and one of the key things that destroy it is this habit of our people, which must stop forthwith,” The commissioner added