Nigeria – The Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA), has restated the need for informal business sector owners, who use Lagos Urban Space, to secure proper documentation from the Agency.
The Acting Head of the Agency, Engineer Saidi Alani Lawal, stated this when business owners occupying Urban Space along Oba Akinjobi Way, Old Secretariat, Ikeja, visited LASPEMA recently for enquiry on the proper way to go about their business.
He applauded the business owners involved in sundry activities such as block moulding, lottery and vulcanizing among others for contacting the Agency to secure appropriate papers for the operation of their businesses.
Engr. Lawal implored other informal business owners to also contact LASPEMA for proper documentation of their business operations, warning that it would no longer be business as usual for those who violate the Physical Planning Laws of the State.
Also speaking, the Head of Monitoring and Compliance Department, Engr. Biola Ogunba, emphasised the need for informal business operators on urban spaces to follow the operational guidelines of the Lagos State Government, stressing that the present administration will no longer tolerate any misuse of urban or incidental open spaces.
In the same vein, the Management of LASPEMA had a meeting with informal business owners from Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area on the need to regulate their activities as well as prevent the growth of permanent structures and shanties in the area, while discouraging the use of open space as a waste dumpsite.