The Lagos State Government has asked traders and business owners to remove all illegal extensions on buildings within the Lagos Island Central Business District.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at a town hall meeting at the Onikan Youth Centre on Thursday, said the traders had one week to comply with the order.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said it was unacceptable that despite its centrality and importance in the nation’s economy, Lagos Island remained categorised as a slum area.
He said, “The Lagos State Government has an approved regeneration master plan for the entire Lagos Island CBD, and government is determined to ensure strict compliance with the plan which is aimed at ensuring the development of a clean, safe and vibrant economy,” the governor added.
He called for continued partnership with the organised private sector in order to ensure the provision of facilities to sustain the huge economic size of the markets in the CBD.
Sanwo-Olu insisted that government could not afford to have the CBD being regarded as the most unsafe, reckless part of the state due to the activities of a few who were making the district unsafe.
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on CBD, Mojisola Macaulay, said the district required serious attention and financial commitment from the public and the private sector.