The Lagos State Government on Wednesday started the re-channelisation and re-alignment of the Banana Island shoreline with the dredging and reopening of the creek at 101 Close, First Avenue, Banana Island.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Kabiru Abdullahi, during the reopening of the creek, said there was an urgent need to nip the land extension work in the bud, adding that it had narrowed the creek and brought about distortion in the aesthetics of the shoreline as well as a high possibility of environmental degradation.
Abdullahi noted that the perpetrators of the illegal reclamation into the lagoon violated the physical planning laws of the state.
He said, “The state government will not fold its arms and watch the degradation of its environment and attendant risk to life and property of the citizenry. The demolition, as well as dredging and channelisation, works on the illegally reclaimed lands will continue at Banana Island and other shoreline areas of Lagos to restore sanity.”