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The residents of the slums located near waterfronts have been joined by civic groups to protest the intention of the Lagos State Government to demolish their homes.

Both residents and the civic groups have expressed their disappointment with the plans of the State Government to evict these residents without even making provision for alternative accommodation for them first.

Mrs. Victoria Ohaeri, an executive Director of one of the groups (Spaces for Change) that joined in the protest stated that the plans of the  government show that  it does not have the interest of the people at heart and the government’s proposed action is not in line with due procedure. She stated that residents will suffer great hardship if the government carries out its plans without making the adequate and necessary provisions.

She also stated that the criminality in the area can be sorted out without force and recklessness.

Another group’s executive officer, Betty Abba of Center For Children’s Health Education Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) who also lent her voice in condemnation of the proposed actions of the state government stated that the government should upgrade the slums for the residents rather than demolish them.

A third group known as Community Life Projects (CLE) also participated in the protest.

Some leaders of some communities, who in the past had faced similar actions by the state government, said that the government took their homes and sold them to estate developers to build for the High and Mighty in the society. A community leader from Pura made an example of the settlement near the Bar Beach which is to form part of the Eco Atlantic City.

They exclaimed that the government’s intention is to divert these waterfronts for other purposes just as it has been done in the past.

Source: Premium Times

Written by Okolo Ezinne

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