Lagos State Government has urged Victoria Island and Ikoyi residents to prioritise clean environment by being observant and protective of their immediate environment.
This call was made by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti during a stakeholders’ meeting with the Victoria Island and Ikoyi resident Association (VIIRA) in Victoria Island on Thursday.
The Commissioner, who frowned at the alarming rate at which the highbrow areas were being defaced, said the ugly development was illegal and capable of causing grave danger to the community.
He therefore urged for strict adherence to Lagos State laws regarding waste management, noise pollution and approved master plan of government for the area.
He stress that the situation in which property owners in the area allowed indiscriminate conversion of the residential areas to commercial use was not acceptable as it had seriously contributed to increase in refuse generation in the area as well as the attendant illegal dumping of refuse in unauthorised places .
The Commissioner, who affirmed the commitment of the government to attain a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, frowned at the ugly development whereby some residents continued to patronise cart pushers and dump indiscriminately on the roads, in spite several warnings on the environmental and health implications of such acts.
Durosinmi-Etti emphasised that the State Government had repeatedly warned against any abuse of its laws and all acts capable of compounding the challenge of waste management in the state.
He also observed with dismay the proliferation of religious worship centres and Nite clubs in various residential areas in the Victoria Island and Ikoyi metropolis, and called for caution on the noise level to avoid rancor in the society.
His words: “any noise above the approved noise levels contravened the provisions of the National Environmental Noise Standard and Controls regulations 2009 as well as the Lagos State Environmental Laws 2017”
He sought the cooperation of religious centres and club owners for the maintenance of the acceptable noise levels for residential areas, which is 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night, saying that they were expected to operate in an enclosed and soundproof environment with regulated use of speakers.
He said that the State Government would not rest on its oars in ensuring that Lagosians inculcate the habit of regular maintenance of their immediate environment as doing so is our collective responsibility.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) Dr. Salami thanked the Lagos State Government for its support in ensuring that the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Environment remained cleaner, healthier and safer.
He pledged that his association would spur members of his community to cooperate with the government to stop all acts capable of degrading the Environment.