The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to restoring Government Residential Schemes to their original plans with the commencement of week-long monitoring and enforcement exercise in Lekki Peninsula Scheme I and Magodo Residential Schemes I and II, focusing on those who have indiscriminately converted their buildings from residential to commercial.
Speaking on the development in Alausa on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako stated that Government Schemes ought to remain residential with provision for services as planned but the schemes had been bastardised by indiscriminate conversion of buildings from residential to commercial by some of the residents.
He added that if the pervasive lawlessness in these Estates were allowed to go on, the future would spell doom for the carefully designed upper-income residential schemes, noting that well-meaning residents had inundated the State Government with complaints and sought redress of the untoward situation.
Salako recalled that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had extensively engaged and dialogued with residents of the Estates with a view to righting 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”, he said.
The Commissioner emphasised that indiscriminate conversion of Government Schemes from Residential to Commercial would not be tolerated in Lagos State and urged those liable for any unlawful conversion to brace up for the Ministry’s enforcement activities.
“Our Monitoring and Enforcement team will be visiting all other Government Schemes for similar action in due course. I, hereby, urge that every part of the State should take a cue from the planned enforcement by desisting from the undue conversion of property without the approval of the appropriate authorities”, he said.