Lagos Govt. Begins Clean Up Of Ikoyi, VI And Lekki

Lagos, Ikoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island, Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State government has begun a move to extend its urban clean-up project to the Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas of the state in southwest Nigeria.

To achieve its plan, government has set up a committee to commence the elimination of illegal structures and shanties, street hawkers, as well as those who have converted walkways to trading points and food courts on the island.

Inaugurating the committee at the State House, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, expressed worry over the abuse of urban planning and environmental laws.

He said this necessitated the decision to embark on a major clean-up of the environment to restore it to its desired form.

Governor Ambode explained that his administration was passionately determined to rescue the fragile environment in the state from avoidable impediments.

The newly inaugurated 16-man committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, is saddled with the responsibility to commence the implementation of the approved action plan and execute the clean-up exercise among other terms of reference.

The government has given a 14-day ultimatum to those who might be affected by the exercise to vacate the premises.

Lagos Gives Residents Of Illegal Shanty 3 Weeks To Relocate Ahead of Demolition

The Lagos State government has given three weeks to illegal occupants residing at the Adelabu NEPA Garden settlement in Surulere, to vacate the area or face a  forthcoming demolition of the shanty. 

The ultimatum was given by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, on Friday, while inspecting on-going construction of drainage channels in Surulere area of the state.

Mr. Bello insists that the shanties are built on drainage channels and government will no longer tolerate it any longer.

Meanwhile the head of the residents has appealed to the government for more time to effect the relocation, noting that they have been living in the shanty for over 40 years.

The threat to demolish the Adelabu NEPA Garden settlement is coming just after the demolition of the settlements in Ijora-Badia area of the state.