Vanguard (Lagos)

13 November 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Directs Property Owners Along Highways to Paint Them

Property owners along major highways, high streets and roads in Lagos State have been advised to commence immediate paintings of such structures/properties to complement the ongoing state wide beautification projects and the seasonal decorations in preparation for the yuletide celebrations.

The commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, gave the directive during the monitoring of state projects across the state.

Bello expressed displeasure over the neglect and derelict state of most buildings along major Highways and High streets, like Ikorodu Road, Agege Motor Road, Funsho Williams Avenue, Isolo Road, Mushin, Oshodi, Victoria Island, Apapa , Ikoyi among others.

He also observed that the other category of neglected buildings noticeable on Lagos roads are those he referred to as "Abandoned Properties" which are prevalent in areas like Ilasamaja, Apapa, Creek Road, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island Axis.

Properties along this corridor were abandoned by their owners, who have relocated and left such properties at the care of their security guards who have converted them to "okada parks" and hideout for miscreants.

Bello, further advised owners of the neglected buildings to come up and take ownership of their buildings, ensure they are put in proper shape and painted to complement the state government effort on its massive environmental regeneration programmes.

The commissioner noted that task of building a new Lagos that is adorned with beautiful Highways/High streets, recreational parks /gardens and lush green lawns is the ultimate goal of this administration and collective responsibility of all and sundry.

He therefore urged individuals, groups and corporate bodies to join hands with the state government in its current effort and drive to attain a cleaner and sustainable environment in the state.

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