… Seeks Stakeholders Cooperation to Curb Environmental and Traffic Issues
The Office of the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, today, embarked on an awareness programme within the Ikeja Central Business District with a call to business owners and residents to cooperate with Lagos State government to curb environmental and traffic issues within the district.
Speaking on the initiative, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Olugbenga Olarenwaju Oyerinde, remarked that the essence of the awareness and sensitisation programme is to formally introduce the operatives of the agency to stakeholders in Ikeja Business District and to reiterate the rules, regulations and acceptable behaviours expected from stakeholders operating within the District.
He noted that CBD is committed to the creation of conducive environment for business to thrive and it is set to enforce traffic, environmental and physical planning laws of the State within the Ikeja Business District.
The Special Adviser, who decried the nuisance of displaying wares and vehicles on walkways and road setbacks by car dealers, called on business and shop owners as well as plazas, whose shops have been extended to the roads, to remove them immediately or face the full wrath of the law.
His words: “It is very disheartening that traffic situations and physical planning within the Ikeja business district has been distorted and worsened by the activities of shop owners, car dealers, commercial bus and cab operators as well as private car owners who park indiscriminately within the business district. We are here today to sensitise them and seek their cooperation and mutual understanding to stop the flagrant disobedience to environmental and physical planning laws of Lagos State”.
Oyerinde reminded stakeholders that activities of the CBDs management office are tailored towards impacting positively on four cardinal points which are environmental sanitation and beautification, traffic management, safety and security, as well as stakeholders’ engagement, in tandem with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present administration.
While calling for greater synergy of operations among all government agencies operating within the Ikeja CBD, he disclosed that CBD operatives will work closely with other government agencies like LASTMA, Fire Services, Safety Commission, and LASEMA amongst others to create the much desired conducive business environment within the Ikeja CBD.
The awareness campaign train which started at the Ikeja CBD operations Office on ASSBIFI road, opposite Lagos Revenue House, moved around all streets and roads within the Ikeja CBD precinct, passing the messages of no illegal parking, no street trading, no littering of the environment and no illegal structures on road setbacks, amongst others, to residents and business owners.