[TR News] No going back on clean-up of Lagos – Ambode

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday said he would sanitise every nook and cranny of the state.

Ambode spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during the inauguration of a special committee saddled with the responsibility of restoring the original master plan of the Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas of the state.

The governor said his administration was determined to rescue the state from impediments, adding that his resolve was non-negotiable.

He said, “We have observed gross abuse of urban planning and environmental laws which necessitated the decision to embark on a major clean-up of the environment. Cases of abandoned property have become rampant with miscreants taking over the property as their bases to cause havoc.

“Our roadsides now parade pockets of illegal kiosks, unapproved mechanic workshops and roadside beer parlours. In addition, originally residential areas now have commercial concerns located there, distorting the balance of the environment.

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“These bad environmental practices can no longer be tolerated and will be brought to an end immediately. 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.”

The governor added that the Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki clean-up was the beginning of a rescue operation that  had come to stay until Lagos was clean.

The committee is chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, while other members are Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Folorunso Coker; Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Ade Akinsanya; Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Yetunde Onabule; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Adekunle Olayinka; General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Segun Adeniji; and General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority, Lateef Sholebo.

Others include Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sulaimon Dogo; Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Olayinka Egbeyemi; sole administrators of Iru/Victoria Island and Ikoyi/Obalende local council development areas, Aderemi Adebowale and Goke Olawale, respectively.

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Responding on behalf of the committee, Bello said the members were ready to carry out the task.

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