Alarmed at the rate of encroachment on the Federal Highway alignment abutting CMD Road, Magodo, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has set up a special four-man team to rid the axis of illegal developments.
The Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, who inaugurated the team in Alausa at the weekend, charged them to ensure the removal of all illegal structures in the area, starting from Otedola end to Ikosi end of CMD Road.
He stated that it is out of place for people to illegally take over every urban space for development purposes, despite repeated warnings by the Government that such acts were inimical to the sustainable physical development of the State and, as such, not condonable.
Salako reiterated that the government would not sit by and allow people to indiscriminately despoil what ought to form part of the reserved lands in Lagos State, noting that the efforts of the special team would assist the Ministry to reclaim and control the development of the valuable urban space.
He, therefore, urged the team to assiduously work for the realisation of the objective without fear or favour, as nothing short of diligence and professionalism was being expected from its members in the discharge of the important assignment.
The team, comprising the General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority (LASURA), Tpl (Mrs.) Ajibike Shomade; Ag. General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency (LASPEMA), Engr. Waheed Kazeem; Director, Physical Planning Department, Tpl. Bola Aliu and Director, Regional and Masterplan, Tpl. Lateef Oladehinde, was given two weeks to deliver on the mandate.