The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the state sends out officials in the middle of the night to sensitize those living in shanties across the state.
He made this known during his appearance on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday.
The governor said, “We go around 2 am, 3 am to ask ‘why are you under the bridge, why are you sleeping here?’… it’s a huge challenge.”
He stated that the reason for some of the problems facing the state is that “Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this.”
He stressed that “A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep, and that’s the reality.”
Sanwo-Olu gave a clue into his plan for the environment, stressing the need to put measures in place to prevent a situation that could lead to population explosion.
He decried the stubbornness of some people who erect structures in the slum and under the bridges after they have been pulled down.
He said, “People erect makeshift shanties, but you also have NGOs that say you can’t remove them. We want to provide better amenities, but the truth is that the government cannot do it alone.”
However, he reiterated that his government was working to take them out, adding that there was a need to continue to engage with the private sector to see how job opportunities and skill acquisition can be provided.
He stated that his administration was making an effort to ensure that the people register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.