… To Step up Compliance Enforcement
The Lagos State Government has observed with dismay an upsurge in illegal activities that hamper the development of infrastructure along the waterfront in Lagos.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, who disclosed this today at Alausa, Ikeja, explained that such actions along the waterfront of the State result from the low level of activities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “There is an illegal land reclamation which commenced without necessary government approvals behind NICON Estate, Lekki and was being rushed due to the low activity period caused by COVID-19. This development, which is blocking a drainage canal, commenced without observing the minimum setback and is also obstructing the Right of Way of an existing Road, thereby preventing future development of the road infrastructure”.
While noting that the illegal work has been issued a ‘STOP WORK ORDER’ for immediate compliance, Abdullahi stated that the Compliance Team of the Ministry has since been mandated to monitor the State Waterfront, enforce and apply when necessary, appropriate sanctions according to the Laws guiding the State Waterfront Infrastructure Development.
The Commissioner, therefore, enjoined stakeholders to maintain compliance, adding that enforcement efforts would be sustained despite all odds, saying that “There will be life after COVID-19 and as such we will not allow the destruction of our environment and infrastructure”.