Government of Lagos State is about to commence demolition of illegal structure at Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island, commonly referred as shanties following an expiration of ultimatum given to people to vacate such properties in the next 14 days.
Beside demolition of shanties, it was reported that Special Committee on the Clean-Up (Lagos) project – by authority of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has concluded plans last week to also proceed with enforcement of the Environmental Sanitation and Town Planning laws in the affected areas after the Sallah holidays.
This was announced by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Tunji Bello who told newsmen on Wednesday, that the 14 days ultimatum issued earlier by the state government is expected to expire on Sunday, September 11.
Owners of such propertied which has become a domain of prostitutes, shanties, street hawkers etc., were given the grace to voluntarily dismantle them. Others affected areas include those who have converted walkways into trading points and food courts.
According to Mr. Bello, every modality has been put in place to ensure that the original master plan of Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island as envisioned by the founding fathers is maintained.
He maintained that the committee is determined to execute its assigned responsibilities which includes:
- Immediately commencing the implementation of the approved action plan and execution of the clean-up exercise;
- develop strategies for preventing re-occurrences as well as other recommendations as necessary to sustain environmental renewal of these areas;
- and embark on a public sensitization exercise for the sustenance of a cleaner community in the axis.
The SSG re-echoed the views of Governor Ambode when he inaugurated the Special Committee, and he said,
“Cases of abandoned properties have become very rampant with miscreants and criminal elements taking over these properties as their base to cause havoc. The neat road sides of the past now parade pockets of kiosks, illegal parking lots, unapproved mechanic workshops, roadside beer parlours and commercial centres. In addition, originally residential areas now have industrial and commercial concerns located there, distorting the balance of the environment.
“These bad environmental practices, thriving in these prime areas, can no longer be tolerated and will be brought to an end immediately. These areas MUST regain their lost glory as this administration demands a return of environmental normalcy.”
Bello stressed that nothing can deter the present administration from achieving security, environmental sanitation and prosperity in all parts of Lagos city. Hence, he advised owners of some of the illegal structures who may still be sitting on the fence or nursing the hope that the State Government would have a rethink on the Clean-Up/demolition to make use of the time-length offered to them now or face the wrath of the law.