La­gos threat­ens to sanc­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal, traf­fic of­fend­ers

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THe La­gos State Gov­ern­ment has said the re­cently re­sus­ci­tated Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on the Clean-up of Ikoyi and Vic­to­ria Is­land will com­mence en­force­ment of all en­vi­ron­men­tal and traf­fic laws on Fri­day.

The Chair­man of the com­mit­tee and Com­mis­sioner for the en­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter Re­sources, Mr Tunji Bello, said the group would re­move all il­le­gal struc­tures and dis­lodge mis­cre­ants in the Ikoyi and Vic­to­ria Is­land ar­eas of the state.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on Wednesday, the com­mit­tee has sur­veyed the com­mu­ni­ties to note the var­i­ous in­frac­tions. It has the duty of clear­ing refuse, re­mov­ing il­le­gal struc­tures on set­backs, walk­ways, drainage align­ments, as well as driv­ing away road­side me­chan­ics who con­vert open spa­ces to au­to­mo­bile work­shops.

“Bello said the ac­tiv­i­ties of night club own­ers and karaoke op­er­a­tors without ad­e­quate park­ing lots, thereby in­hibit­ing free ac­cess of res­i­dents of many ar­eas, es­pe­cially on the Vic­to­ria Is­land, would be put un­der check.

“The com­mis­sioner added that leisure houses, night clubs and karaoke sta­tions in­volved in noise pol­lu­tion would be served with abate­ment no­tices be­fore the full force of the law was ap­plied in such places.

“He ad­vised re­li­gious houses which en­gaged in noise pol­lu­tion to cor­rect such anom­alies be­fore the task force com­menced its en­force­ment,” the state­ment added.

The gov­ern­ment also warned il­le­gal oc­cu­pants of aban­doned build­ings, op­er­a­tors of the ‘old an­ti­quated cart and three-wheeler tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tors’ who parked in­dis­crim­i­nately on walk­ways that there would be con­se­quences for their ac­tions.

The state­ment noted that the spe­cial com­mit­tee would en­force the state traf­fic law by ap­pre­hend­ing and pros­e­cut­ing com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers and bus driv­ers who plied re­stricted routes and drove against traf­fic.

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