Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Prince Anofiu Elegushi has implored residents and business owners operating in the Lagos Island Central Business District to take ownership of public facilities provided in the area.
The Special Adviser stated this over the weekend during an interactive session with business owners within the District, decrying the attitude of some traders who dump refuse indiscriminately in canals and drainage outlets as well as park vehicles on walkways and road medians within the area.
While imploring residents and business owners to see public infrastructure provided in the area as their own projects, he said the Lagos State Government is totally committed to the development of the Lagos Island Central Business District by implementing business-friendly and people-oriented projects.
He noted that the face of Lagos Island Central Business District is being rebranded to meet standards similar to Central Business Districts worldwide, therefore no individual or organization will be allowed to derail the development plans of the State Government.
Mr. Elegushi said further, “Lagos State Government has observed with dismay the gross abuse of the environment and urban planning laws by the religious bodies, roadside automobile engineers and street traders on the Island”.
“The use of walkways for religious activities and illegal parking of vehicles can no longer be tolerated. Henceforth, any vehicle parked on the walkways will be impounded and owner prosecuted. Also, the practice of erecting shanties on walkways for praying purposes should be stopped. I urge the leaders to relocate to approved praying centres sited in the districts”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Office has intensified the evacuation of refuse within the Lagos Island Business District to ensure that markets and streets are clean and safe to do business.
According to Elegushi, the Agency has formed a team that will work round the clock to cart away refuse that has been dumped on the roadside by traders and residents.
He, therefore, enjoined residents as well as shops and business owners to key into the cleaner Lagos initiative and avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse.