By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has inaugurated a committee to restore the original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas of the state.
This is coming just as the state government has vowed to bring environmental sanity to all nooks and crannies of the State.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee in his office on Tuesday, Governor Ambode said his administration was passionately determined to rescue the fragile environment in the state from avoidable impediments, adding that his resolve was non-negotiable.
According to the governor, the state government had observed gross abuse of urban planning and environmental laws which necessitated the decision to embark on a major clean-up of the environment to restore it to its desired form.
“Cases of abandoned properties have become very rampant with miscreants and criminal elements taking over these properties as their base to cause havoc. The neat road sides of the past now parade pockets of kiosks, illegal parking lots, unapproved mechanic workshops, roadside beer parlours and commercial centres.
“In addition, originally residential areas now have industrial and commercial concerns located there, distorting the balance of the environment.
“These bad environmental practices, thriving in these prime areas, can no longer be tolerated and will be brought to an end immediately. These areas MUST regain their lost glory as this administration demands a return of environmental normalcy.
“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. We cannot allow our beautiful environment to be destroyed by people who have no regard for beauty, serenity, law and order,” Governor Ambode said.