Owners of illegal structures, street hawkers in Ikoyi, VI get ultimatum

The Lagos State government, on Sunday, read the riot act to all owners of illegal structures, shanties, street hawkers and those who had converted walkways into trading points and food courts in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and the Lagoon Front of Lekki, giving them 14 days grace to remove such illegal structures.

In a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government  (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, the state government warned that if such illegal structures were not removed after the 14 days grace, the State Special Task Force on the Clean Up of the areas would move in to  enforce the laws.

“The owners of all the illegal structures, shanties, abandoned buildings and all those who have converted road median to commercial uses in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki have between today (Monday) and two weeks’ time to comply or have the State Special Task Force on  the Clean Up of the areas to contend with,” the SSG said.

The statement added that owners of all abandoned buildings in different areas of Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island, which were now harbouring prostitutes, miscreants and unwanted elements must clear the structures of such undesirable elements immediately.

He specifically warned owners of properties on the Lagoon fronts of Lekki Phase 1, who had littered the whole areas with compactors and several other equipment to remove them outrightly.

Bello said the state government ‘’notes with concern the conversion of the frontages of properties and abandoned houses to kiosks and trading points by maids and guards, as well as the unregulated activities of horticulturists who have turned setbacks to  hide-outs and selling points.’’

He reiterated the determination of the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to restore the original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki by checking the activities of roadside automobile repairers who had converted many dual carriage lanes to single lanes with indiscriminate  parkings.

He said the state government would no longer tolerate unauthorised  parking of vehicles, trucks, as well as the unsightly state of drainage infrastructure, adding that owners of such vehicles and properties  with unkempt drainages would be prosecuted.

Bello said it was totally unacceptable for people to stockpile and display wares such as bags of charcoal on major Roads like the Ahmadu Bello Way and Federal Secretariat Road, Ikoyi, stating that henceforth, such goods would be confiscated and the owners prosecuted.

“We are using this medium to sensitise members of the public and residents of the affected areas who are involved in these illegalities to immediately take right action and do the needful as the state government will take the necessary steps to enforce its environmental and sanitation laws forthwith.”