Government demolishes houses in Lagos amid lockdown–CSO


Civil Society Organisation, Enough is Enough Nigeria, has condemned the demolition of houses in the Ogba area of Lagos State amid the coronavirus lockdown.

It said the demolition exercise carried out by the Lagos State Government negated the stay-at-home and social distancing order of the government.

It stated, “Reports reaching us say, Lagos State Government is demolishing homes, sending the poor into the streets and rendering them homeless at Ifelodun Street, Oke-Ira, behind Yaya Abatan, Ogba.

“These actions undermine efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We urge the state government to cease the destruction of properties in Ogba. This is not the time to undermine national efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re in the midst of a public health emergency. Our collective health depends on our ability to stay home and practice social distancing. It becomes more obvious than ever that ‘housing is health care’.”

Reacting in a statement, State Environment and Water Resources Commissioner, Tunji Bello, said the demolished structures were illegally erected on the drainage system in the area.

He, however, said the demolition exercise has been suspended.

Photo at demolition site
photo of demolition site

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