Lagos State Task Force on Clean- Up of Ikoyi, Victoria Island on Thursday gave marching orders to property owners in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki whose frontages have been overtaken by illegal structures to immediately repossess such frontages or face prosecution.
Speaking after a meeting of the committee, the chairman and Secretary to the State Government (SSG),
Mr Tunji Bello, said the committee will not hesitate to seek the invocation of the provision of the State Parks and Garden law of 2011 as it affects landscaping and beautification of such properties.
Bello said all property owners who fail to landscape and beautify their properties as specified under the Parks and Garden law of 2011 Law are liable to prosecution that may attract a jail term of 6 months imprisonment or a fine of N250,000.00.
He added that the same fate awaits owners of structures who are harbouring squatters or those who have converted their structures to hotels and are providing shelter to street traders who also commit crimes under the cover of darkness.
Bello said the state government has already identified such structures and would after officially communicating the owners to dislodge the illegal occupants would take necessary measures which may include revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy of such structures.
The SSG, who said the Task Force is already deploying its team to the affected areas preparatory to the commencement of the Clean- Up exercise, added that the team would also secure all the cleared open spaces to prevent a return of the miscreants.
Bello listed the major streets to be affected by theClean- Up in Victoria Island as Ahmadu Bello Way, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Samuel Manuwa Street, Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Karimu Kotun Street, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Ligali Ayorinde Avenue, Water Corporation Close, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Adeola Hopewell Road, Adeyemo Alakija, Idowu Martins, Kofo Abayomi, Saka Tinubu, Adeola Odeku and Akin Adesola Street.
Areas listed for Clean-Up by the committee in Ikoyi include, Awolowo Road, Keffi Street, Falomo Roundabout, Norman Williams, Raymond Njoku Road, Alexander Avenue, Lugard Avenue, Club Road, First and Second Avenues, Federal Secretariat Road, Bank Road, Osborne Road, Glover Road, Onikoyi Crescent, Cameroon Road, Bourdillon Road and Oyinkan Abayomi Drive.
While in Lekki, areas scheduled to be touched by the Clean-Up exercise are between First Roundabout and Toll-Gate and around Oriental Hotel and Admiralty Way from the Waterfront from Lekki Phase One to Ikoyi Bridge.
Source: National Mirror