The Lagos State governor has inaugurated a special committee tasked with the job of ensuring that the highbrow areas of the state are cleaned up and miscreants dislodged.
The Governor has reiterated his commitment to making Lagos a safe, clean and prosperous mega-city, insisting that the task before the committee is non-negotiable.
Ambode, while speaking at the inauguration of the 15-member special committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, emphasized that his administration is determined to rescue Lagos environment from avoidable impediments through a major clean-up exercise of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki areas.
He added that gross abuse of urban planning and environmental laws of the state necessitated the action to clean up its environment and restore it to its desired form.
“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 roadsides of the past now parade pockets of kiosks, illegal parking lots, unapproved mechanic workshops, roadside beer parlours and commercial centers.
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.
A safe, clean and prosperous Lagos is non-negotiable; that is the commitment of our administration. We will not allow these environmental infractions to continue.
We cannot allow our beautiful environment to be destroyed by people who have no regard for beauty, serenity, law and order.”
"Part of the responsibilities of the committee include implementation of the approved action plan and execution of the clean-up exercise, development of strategies for preventing re-occurrences as well as other recommendations as necessary to sustain environmental renewal of these areas,” the governor said.