The Lagos State Government on Sunday read the riot act to all the
owners of illegal structures, shanties, street hawkers and those who
have converted walkways into trading points and food courts in Ikoyi,
Victoria Island and the Lagoon Front of Lekki, giving them 14 days
grace to remove such illegal structures.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government
(SSG), Tunji Bello warned that if such illegal structures are not removed after the 14 days grace, the State Special Task Force on the Clean Up of the areas would move in to enforce the laws.
“The owners of all the illegal structures, shanties, abandoned
buildings and all those who have converted road median to commercial
uses in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki have between today (Monday)
and two weeks’ time to comply or have the State Special Task Force on
the Clean Up of the areas to contend with”, the SSG said.
The statement added that owners of all abandoned buildings in different
areas of Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island which are now harbouring
prostitutes, illegal miscreants and unwanted elements must clear the
structures of such undesirable elements immediately.
He specifically warned owners of properties on the Lagoon fronts of
Lekki Phase 1 who have littered the whole areas with compactors and
several other deadweight equipments to remove them outrightly.
Bello said the State Government notes with concern the
conversion of the frontages of properties and abandoned houses to
kiosks and trading points by maids and guards as well as the
unregulated activities of horticulturists who have turned setbacks to
hide outs and selling points.
He reiterated the determination of the Ambode administration to
restore the original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki
by checking the activities of roadside automobile repairers who have
converted many dual carriage lanes to single lanes with indiscriminate
He said the State Government would no longer tolerate unauthorized
parking of vehicles, trucks as well unsightly state of drainage
infrastructure, adding that owners of such vehicles and properties
with unkempt drainages will be prosecuted.
Mr Tunji Bello said it is totally unacceptable for people to stockpile
and display wares such as bags of charcoal on major Roads like Ahmadu
Bello Way and Federal Secretariat Road, Ikoyi, stating that henceforth
such goods would be confiscated and the owners prosecuted.
“We are using this medium to sensitize members of the public and
residents of the affected areas who are involved in these illegalities
to immediately take right action and do the needful as the State
Government will take the necessary steps to enforce its environmental
and sanitation laws forthwith”.
“All those engaging in roadside display of wares, illegal street
trading and all illegal squatters on undeveloped land and all those
who have converted road median to commercial uses in Ikoyi, Victoria
Island and Lekki are being advised in their own interest to put a stop
to the illegalities” he said.