Lagos State HOA wants residents to vacate flood-prone areas

As rainy season approaches, the Lagos State
House of Assembly has advised residents of
flood-prone parts of the state to look for
alternative accommodations to prevent flood-
related hazards.

The Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on
Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr
Setonji David, gave the advice on Sunday in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Lagos.

David said that the state government would
not want to lose any resident to flooding.
The lawmaker called for respect for
government regulations on physical planning.
He said: “Residents should consider their
safety and the safety of others when they are

“It is not safe to build without approval.
Building on water-logged areas is suicidal;
building on waterways or close to a canal is
bad. We should make safety a priority.
“We are appealing to all residents to build
according to plans and obey the regulations on
physical planning.’’

David told NAN that after securing an
approval, an intending plot developer must
consult an expert in building.

“Some houses have drains around them which
have been blocked with refuse; this is also a
suicidal as it may lead to a disaster as rains
become heavy.

“Some people sweep in their houses and throw
refuse into the drains and block them. When
there is a serious downpour, it can be

The lawmaker commended the Lagos State
Building Control Agency (LABSCA) for stepping
up monitoring of building to ensure standards
and prevent disasters.

He decried refusal of some landlords and
tenants to a government order to vacate
distressed houses marked for demolition.
The legislator warned that the government
would punish residents flouting its regulations
on physical planning.

The chairman said that many lost lives and
property would been saved if residents
conformed to building regulations. 

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