Following the demolition of shanties in Makoko waterfront, thousands of displaced residents have relocated under the Third Mainland Bridge.
One of the residents of Makoko, Paul Aworetan, said the residents would cooperate with the state government but urged the government to resettle them. He said, “The order given by the government was that no structure must be built within 100 metres from the powerline and we are complying.
“However, many people have been affected and have now relocated beneath the Third Mainland Bridge. They are living in their boats and are being subjected to harsh conditions. Some others have moved in with nearby residents in Makoko but I hope government could relocate them.”
“We are going to put together an environmental task force which will monitor compliance with sanitation rules. Our hope is that if we meet the conditions of the government, there wouldn’t be cause for further demolition in Makoko,” he said
Aworetan said the government should consider building a city on water like developed countries such as Italy, rather than attempting to demolish Makoko.
By Eniola Akinkuotu Punch Nigeria.