From Marwa Waterside To Monkey Village: Tale Of Shanties Demolition In Lagos

As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, the challenges of poverty, infrastructure deficit, and economic inequality are still obvious across societies.

This report looks at how Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos is dealing with the issues of shanties and how the government’s action affects the survival of some residents.

Shanties –  informal settlements – are visible and constant evidence of extreme poverty and how those who find themselves at the base of the pyramid paddle their way through this economic reality.

Marwa Waterside shanties in Lekki were demolished in 2019. The reason given at the time was that the state is preparing for the construction of a coastal road that will serve as an alternative route for the Lekki-Epe expressway.

Now in 2021, no construction work is in progress and life is gradually creeping in at the site.

Also in Monkey Village in the Opebi Area of Lagos, the story is similar to Marwa Waterside and the economic inequality is clear.

Some of the reason given for the demolition follows complaints that those who illegally occupy the shanties are posing major threats to other residential premises.

However, hundreds of people young and old are displaced, some have found their way out of the leveled neighbourhood, but amid the ruins and rubbles there are those staying back, yet to figure their next move.

Lagos state government has always clamped down on shanties most times citing criminality and environmental infringements, a move that non-governmental organisations say is insensitive and anti-people.

Whether wrapped up in the upscale part of town or floating beneath the city’s longest bridge, slums remind the government of how much work is left to be done especially as it concerns growing a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Watch below the full video of the report…

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