The Ogun State Government has marked 526 houses built on waterways, canal and erosion channels for demolition across the state had been marked.
It also sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr. Nafiu Adebiyi, stated this on Saturday during an inspection tour of the state.
Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and other possible disasters that could arise from the partially collapsed buildings.
The two buildings were located along Nepa road in Isabo area of the state capital.
“As a responsible government, we cannot continue to watch and allow the buildings to collapse totally while people still reside in them,” he said.
Adebiyi said that the government was only waiting for a response from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which had promised to provide alternative shelters for the affected victims before demolition could be effected.
“Demolition of houses is not what can be done in a hurry, no matter how illegal such structure is.
” In as much as human beings live in such houses, we must follow the rules in carrying out such demolitions,” he said.
He affirmed that the government’s intention was to ensure that nobody was negatively affected as a result of preventable natural disasters which was predicted by the National Meteorological Agency (NIMET) earlier in the year.
” It is not easy to dislocate people from their comfort zone. That is why we are approaching the process with a human face.
“Moreso, many houses affected were not illegally located because as at the time most of them were built, those places were not close to water banks.
“It is the challenge of climate change that made the water levels to begin to rise, with resultant erosion.
“We are being careful so that we don’t solve a problem by creating another one, ” he said.