Lagos State government yesterday said the special committee on clean-up of Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island it recently inaugurated will commence demolition of illegal buildings after Sallah holidays.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and chairman of the committee, Mr Tunji Bello, who disclosed this while speaking with journalists said this follows the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to all owners of illegal structures, owners of abandoned buildings now harbouring prostitutes, street hawkers in the areas.
Bello said the committee decided to embark on sensitization campaign to give the owners of such illegal structures enough notices to willingly pull down such structures themselves before the government pulls them down and also prosecute owners of such structures.
He explained that 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.
The SSG added that the committee is poised to discharge the responsibilities vested in it 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 sensitisation exercise for the sustenance of a cleaner community in the axis.”
He added that the present administration in the state is committed to bringing environmental sanity back to every part of the state.
Bello emphasized that the quest to have a safe, clean and prosperous Lagos is not negotiable as the present administration is committed to ensuring a cessation of the continuation of the environmental infractions being witnessed in Ikoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island.