Sunday, 15 January 2017

Lagos plans Lekki, Ikoyi, VI clean-up

The Lagos State Government has revealed plans to begin the second phase of its cleaning of the inner streets of parts of Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

The exercise, which is expected to begin in a fortnight, will be done through the Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the focus would be on all the inner streets of the areas.

He said the clean-up was also a warning to all those who had been dislodged from the major streets and had found their way back to the inner streets, that the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation was coming after them.

Bello noted that the state government would no longer condone street trading, illegal shanties or abandoned properties in the areas to be cleaned up

“We are also going to embark on a mop up operation on all the areas that have already been cleared by the task force to ensure that in any instance where we have some of the dislodged traders or operators of shanties that have returned, they will not only be removed but be prosecuted,” the SSG stated.

He added that there would be an improvement on the second stage of the clean-up exercise with the presence of mobile courts to try all offenders on the days of the operation.

Bello also commended the various agencies involved in the clean-up for the efforts made to ensure the level of success already recorded in the first stage of the exercise.

He noted that the Governor Akinwumi Ambode administration planned to restore the original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki by checking the activities of street traders, owners of shanties and roadside automobile repairers, who had converted many dual carriage lanes to single lanes with indiscriminate parking and other forms of illegalities.

“We are using this medium to again sensitise members of the public and residents of the affected inner streets areas who are involved in these illegalities to immediately take the right action and do the needful as the state government will take the necessary steps to enforce its environmental and sanitation laws forthwith,” Bello added.

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