The Lagos government immediately requisitioned parts of the Arowojobe estate, Mende

The Lagos State Government has reclaimed the right of way of the Odo-Iya Alaro Canal by demolishing part of Arowojobe and Mende Estate villa.

The Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, made this known on his X account on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

He wrote: “Earlier today I, the SA for Environment, Hon. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, the PS OES, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, PS ODS, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite and other directors revisited the ongoing reclamation of the drainage setback on System 1 (Odo Iyalaro – Ogudu range).”

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“We also visited Mende Villa, Maryland, where the developer initially claimed there was an approval for drainage on the property.”

The directors who were aware of what happened at the time were invited to speak on the matter, but confirmed that the developer had been granted temporary and conditional permission to leave a 20 meter setback from the edge of System 1, but he encroached upon the setback which obstructs the flow of rainwater.”

“However, through the magnanimity of Governor @jidesanwoolu, it was approved to reduce the ROW from 140 to 100 meters and spread it on a 60/40 basis (60 Mende /40 Ogudu) instead of the original 140 on the Mende side .”

Following this decision, the enforcement team has been instructed to immediately resume the removal of all works of art within the designated stretch. The first delisting notice was issued in 2021, followed by subsequent notices, the last in November 2023, following a stakeholders’ meeting.