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Lagos gov’t sets December 14 deadline for landowners to develop residential schemes; Commences enforcement of CBD Rules

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

The Lagos State Government has charged allottees of state lands, particularly those within Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki 1 & 2 and Abijo Residential Schemes, to take physical possession and develop the plots allocated to them on or before December 14, 2015.

This is also as the state government has commenced full enforcement of rules and regulations guiding Central Business District (CBD) as part of measures to curb illegal activities of traders and motorists that impede free flow of human and vehicular movement.

The Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Mr. Bode Agoro, who gave the directive to land owners on behalf of the State Government, stated that  it (the directive) is in line with the policy thrust of the Government in allocating lands to citizens in residential schemes which is to assist them meet their desire of building houses of their own.

Agoro affirmed that the terms and conditions as stated in the State Land Law, mandates allottees or holders of Right of Occupancy to fully develop their plots within two years of allocation, which he said, informed allocation of plots of lands on the schemes.

He gave assurance that building approval for those that are ready to develop their plots or parcels of land in compliance with the directive would be treated with utmost dispatch and urged affected persons to act without delay.

Agoro decried the unwholesome activities of miscreants and hoodlums who constitute threats to lives and properties of residents in those areas, despite provision of infrastructure by the Government, adding that government would not fold its arms and continue to watch innocent citizens suffer unduly.

He however advised the public to verify the status of any landed property before consummating transaction and also obtain information from the Office of the Surveyor-General as well as ensure proper validation of Titles from the State Land Registry.

The Permanent Secretary stated that such steps would also guard against practice whereby some individuals, families and communities engage in illegal sale of government acquired land.

Also, the State Government has commenced full enforcement of rules and regulations guiding Central Business District (CBD) as part of measures to curb illegal activities of traders and motorists that impede free flow of human and vehicular movement.

Special Adviser to the Governor on CBD, Mr. Agboola Dabiri gave the warning when he led enforcement team to Lagos Island CBD. He stated that, the government would no longer condone street trading, display of goods on road and walkways and illegal parking, as well as driving against the traffic.

“The State Government will no longer tolerate any act of impunity by traders and motorists. You have been warned over time to desist from all illegal activities that impede traffic,” he said, adding that, anyone caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law so as to serve as deterrent to others.

Dabiri declared that the inspection would continue “until we all abide by all CBD rules and regulations which centered mainly on orderliness, conformity and free flow of traffic in line with international standard for CBD in developed countries”.

No fewer than 15 vehicles were impounded in the exercise which commenced from Onikan through Broad Street, Apongbon, Elegbeta, Ebute Ero and Idumagbo. Other areas involved are Eyin Eyo, CMS, Eja Lonibu and Tinubu.

Scores of recalcitrant traders were also arrested and goods seized in an exercise that caught traders, motorists and other stakeholders unaware.

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