The Lagos state government has issued two weeks ultimatum to owners of all illegal structures, shanties, abandoned buildings and all those who have converted road median to commercial uses in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki to remove them within two weeks.
In a statement signed by Tunji Bello, secretary to the state government (SSG), the state warned that if such illegal structures are not removed after the 14-day grace, the special task force on the clean-up of the areas would move in to enforce the laws.
“The owners of all 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,” read the statement.
“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 property on the Lagoon fronts of Lekki Phase 1, who have littered the areas with compactors and several other deadweight equipment, to remove them out immediately.
“The state government is concerned about the conversion of the frontages of property 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.
“The Akinwumi Ambode-led administration is determined 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 parking.”
Bello said the state government would no longer tolerate unauthorised parking of vehicles, trucks, among others on drainage infrastructure, adding that owners of such vehicles and properties with unkempt drainage will be prosecuted.
He said it was 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 sensitise 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,” he added.
“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.”