Lagos gets committee on illegal structure in Ikoyi, others

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Government has inaugurated a special committee to enforce environmental sanitation and town planning laws as well as original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki.

According to plans, the committee inaugurated by Akinwunmi Ambode, would begin work after the holidays.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Tunji Bello who spoke to journalists last week, said this follows the expiration of the 14 day ultimatum issued to all owners of illegal structures, abandoned buildings now harbouring prostitutes, shanties, street hawkers and those who have converted walkways into trading points and food courts in those areas.

The ultimatum, which expired on yesterday was for owners of such illegal structures to dismantle them voluntarily.

Bello said the Committee decided to embark on sensitisation campaign, to give owners of such structures enough time, to willingly pull down their buildings before government takes action on them.

He informed that necessary modalities have been put in place to ensure that original master plan of the areas as envisioned by the founding fathers was maintained.

According to him, the committee was poised to discharge responsibilities vested on it which includes: “Immediate implementation of approved action plan and execution of the clean-up exercise, develop strategies for preventing re-occurrences as well as other recommendations deemed necessary to sustain environmental renewal of the areas.”

He also pointed out that Governor Ambode-led administration remains committed to bring environmental sanity back to every part of the state.

“Cases of abandoned properties have become very rampant with miscreants and criminal elements taking over these properties as their base to cause havoc,” he added.

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