Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ambode inaugurates committee on Ikoyi, VI clean up

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday inaugurated a special committee on clean- up of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas, saying a safe, clean and prosperous Lagos is not negotiable.

Ambode, who spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the 15-member committee, said his administration is determined to rescue Lagos environment from avoidable impediments through a major clean-up exercise of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki areas.


He said gross abuse of urban planning and environmental laws of the state necessitated the action to clean-up its environment and restore it to its desired form.

The governor said, “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.”

He listed the responsibilities of the committee to include the implementation of the approved action plan and execution of the clean-up exercise, develop strategies for preventing re-occurrences as well as other recommendations as necessary to sustain environmental renewal of these areas.”

Ambode added that the committee will embark on a public sensitization exercise for the sustenance of a cleaner community in the axis.

The special committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.

The members are – Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Mr. Folarin Coker, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, Mrs. Yetunde Afusat Onabule, Mr. Lateef Sholebo, Mr. Segun Adeniji, Simon Dogo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and Mr. Adekunle Olayinka Chairman, Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Unit.

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