The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, has reiterated the government’s commitment to restore government residential schemes in the state according to their original plans.
This was contained in a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi.
The statement also disclosed that Lagos would commence a monitoring and enforcement exercise in Lekki Peninsula Scheme I and Magodo Residential Scheme I and II, which will last for one week, focusing on those who had indiscriminately converted their buildings from residential to commercial.
Salako said the government’s schemes ought to remain residential with provision for services as planned, but the schemes had been bastardised by illegal conversion of buildings from residential to commercial by some of the residents.
He also urged those liable of any unlawful conversion to brace up for the ministry’s enforcement activities, adding that if the pervasive lawlessness in the estates were allowed to go on, the future would spell doom for the carefully designed upper-income residential schemes.
Salako noted that well-meaning residents had inundated the state government with complaints and sought a redress of the untoward situation.
He recalled that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had engaged and dialogued with residents of the estates severally with a view to redressing the wrongs.
“It is noteworthy that engagements with Magodo Phases I and II Residents Association produced the Revised Magodo Scheme I and II which has since become effective,” the commissioner said.
“Our monitoring and enforcement team will be visiting all other government schemes for similar action in due course,” he added.
He urged every part of the state to take a cue from this by desisting from undue conversion of properties without approval of the appropriate authorities.