Ambode vows to rid Lagos of shanties, illegal structures

Ruins of the buildings where a bakery, juice firm and pharmacy store were once sited.

Ruins of the buildings where a bakery, juice firm and pharmacy store were once sited.

• Bakery, juice firm demolished in Ikoyi

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said the government under his watch would no longer tolerate shanties, abandoned and illegal structures in any part of the state, as criminal elements often use such places as hideous.

Speaking at the inauguration of a committee for the clean up of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki chaired by Tunji Bello, the Secretary to the State Government, Ambode maintained that his government would do everything possible to bring environmental sanity to every part of the state.

The governor further stated that the exercise would not be a one-off effort as the Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki clean up is a pilot scheme. According to him, environmental restoration has come to stay and will continue until the state government achieves the Lagos of its dream.

The governor appealed to all stakeholders to give the committee required support for the initiative to succeed.Chairman of the committee, Bello, promised that they would not disappoint the governor in carrying out its duties.

Some of the committee members are Commissioners for Environment; Tourism, Arts and Culture; Waterfront; Special Adviser on Urban Development; General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); and General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority (LASURA).

Yesterday, the committee accompanied by the Lagos State task force on environment, gave bite to the governor’s directive when bulldozers leveled some structures in Victoria Island, among them a building, newly acquired by a bakery owner on Wednesday.

The owner was said to have only just paid N5 million in rent to commence confectionary operations there on Wednesday.Also affected was a store, owned by Nuli Juice which the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ada Osakwe, said recently opened the outlet in Ikoyi.

“It’s so sad to see this happen. On the day I opened this outlet, I had shared with friends here about my dreams for the company and what I intend to achieve in Nigeria by helping to harness the country’s potential to become the largest producer of fresh food in the world.

“Doing business in Nigeria can be so frustrating with regulations constantly changing without notice. But how can small businesses move forward if they keep facing all these challenges?” she said.

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