The General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA), Tpl. Daisi Oso, has condemned all encroachments on setbacks and incidental open spaces in some parts of the State. Oso made this known over the weekend during routine monitoring of the Lekki/Epe Expressway and Lekki Phase I, lamenting the way some citizens have encroached on the setbacks and incidental open spaces in the Lekki Phase I/Lekki Epe Expressway axis.
He said such encroachments violate the provisions of setbacks which, originally, are meant for future developmental projects, warning that the Agency will soon take appropriate actions against violators.
In his words: “First and foremost, we will enlighten the public that the setbacks are not where anyone can just occupy. They are for future expansion. Some of the government utilities and infrastructure pass through such corridors and they are so designed in the regional and other developmental plans with the intent of beautifying urban spaces to enhance Lagos State aesthetics”.
“It is quite alarming to see our people putting up permanent structures and the opening of their fences onto these setbacks, especially on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase I. This will not be allowed. It is totally unacceptable and flagrant infractions on these incidental spaces”.
He implored all those that have encroached on the setbacks and incidental open spaces to remove such structures, stressing that the Agency grants temporary use spaces as predetermined and designed to people who are in need of such facility.
While emphasising that LASPEMA is the sole agency saddled with the responsibility of monitoring all setbacks and incidental open spaces in order to prevent abuse/misuse, the General Manager advised those in need of such spaces to visit the Agency’s office, at Worksyard Road, off Oba Akinjobi, GRA Ikeja, inside LASURA Premises for further inquiries. Tpl. Oso restated the need for all avoid encroachment of setbacks and incidental open spaces, pointing out that the spaces are critical to making Lagos a smart city of choice and also a 21st Century Economy, which is in tandem with Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.