LASG SAYS ILLEGAL CONVERSION OF OPEN SPACES MUST STOP.

– Sealed Church, Fuel Station and Warehouse in Surulere

The Lagos State Government has said that errecting structures on open spaces all over the State is illegal and must stop.

This was disclosed in Alausa on Thursday by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, while addressing members of the Williams Estate Residents Association, Akowonjo, who came to follow up their complaint of encroachement on open spaces within their estate.

The Commissioner stated that by law open spaces were important for the sustainability of the environment and the wellbeing of the poeple, noting that at no time should the entire landscape be utilised for building construction alone.

According to him, it augurs well for the functionality of the environment when people respect and protect spaces reserved for other meaningful uses such as greenry, recreation and air space as against complete use of land solely for building purpose.

He praised the William Estate Resident Association for alerting the Government, saying that other estates and residences should take a cue from this patriotic act as the people are the ultimate benficiaries of an organised, livable and sustainable Lagos.

” Having received and investigated the petition from William Estate, the Ministry has commenced the process of removal of the contravening structures, illegally built on an open space reserved for recreation in the estate” he said.

Salako emphasised that the Government would leave no stone unturned in the bid to restore the glory of a well-planned State, hallmarked by recreation parks, gardens, beautified open spaces and other important services, necessary for a functional physical environment.

He added the Lagos State Government had strenghtened the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for unbiased enforcement of the physical planning laws.

In a related development, the Ministry sealed 8 buildings, including a church, fuel station, warehouse and container terminal in Surulere for violating physical planning laws of the State.

Mukaila Sanusi
Assistant Director, Public Affairs
10th September, 2020

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