Lagos State Government has warned property owners against indiscriminate conversion of the residential areas to commercial use, saying it is contributing to increase in refuse generation as well as the attendant illegal dumping of refuse in unauthorised places.
The state commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti gave the charge at stakeholders’ meeting with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi residents Association (VIIRA) in Victoria Island.The Commissioner, who frowned at the alarming rate at which the highbrow areas were being defaced, said the ugly development was illegal and capable of causing grave danger to the community.He urged Victoria Island and Ikoyi residents to prioritize clean environment by being observant and protective of their immediate environment.
Durosinmi- Etti called for strict adherence to Lagos State laws regarding waste management, noise pollution and approved master plan of government for the area.The Commissioner, who affirmed the commitment of the government to attain a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, frowned at the ugly development whereby some residents continued to patronize cart pushers and dump indiscriminately on the roads, in spite several warnings on the environmental and health implications of such acts.
Durosinmi-Etti emphasised that the State Government had repeatedly warned against any abuse of its laws and all acts capable of compounding the challenge of waste management in the state.He also observed with dismay the proliferation of religious worship centres and Nite clubs in various residential areas in the Victoria Island and Ikoyi metropolis, and called for caution on the noise level to avoid rancor in the society.
According to him, the state government would not rest on its oars in ensuring that Lagosians inculcate the habit of regular maintenance of their immediate environment.