Lagos threatens to sanction environmental, traffic offenders
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.