The special committee on the cleanup of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, recently resuscitated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will commence full enforcement of all environmental and traffic laws in the areas tomorrow.
The special committee in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the Chairman, Mr Tunji Bello informed that the committee working in conjunction with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) and different enforcement agencies in the State will remove all illegal structures and dislodge all squatters and miscreants in Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
He explained that the committee has already conducted a reconnaissance operation of several areas in Victoria Island and Ikoyi in November to identify specific areas of infraction.
Part of the focus of the Special Committee according to Tunji Bello who is also the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, is the clearing of refuse, identification and removal of all illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments as well as roadside mechanics who have converted several open spaces to automobile workshops.
He added that the activities of night club owners and karaoke operators without adequate parking lots and who thereby converts major roads into parking points inhibiting free access to residents of many areas especially in VIctoria Island would be put under check.
Bello reiterated that leisure houses, night clubs and karaoke stations who engage in noise pollution will be served with abatement notices as the law dictates before the full force of the law is applied in such places, adding that religious homes who engage in noise pollution are advised to correct such anomalies before the task force commences its enforcement.
He stated that the committee would also enforce the provision of the State Traffic law during the enforcement by apprehending and prosecuting commercial motorcycle riders who ply restricted routes and drive against traffic and commercial buses who drive against traffic and pick passengers on the main road.