The current administration under Fashola has been aggressive in giving us a new Lagos millions never thought possible. I totally support the new traffic laws although some of its clauses are quite harsh and could be amended. We will see how its implementation shakes out. Now, Lagos state has introduced yet another new law.
ALL houses in Lagos State must be beautified. Interesting and frankly, I don’t have a problem with the underlying policy and goal driving the law, although I am yet to read the actual statute. If Fashola or Akwa-Ibom State’s governor could run for office, as President, in the next election and win, Nigeria could potentially see radical transformation. Channels TV reports.
“Lagos State Government has made it mandatory for occupiers of houses in the state to beautify the perimeter areas of their buildings.
Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, stated this at the inauguration of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency at Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday.
According to him “a violation of this would attract N250, 000 or the amount the state would incur if it decides to carry out the beautification, or six months imprisonment or other non-custodian sentences…also anyone caught felling trees in the state or trimming them without permission would be fined a minimum of N50, 000 or sent to one year imprisonment.”
He said, “It is also an offence to walk on lawns and gardens. Urinating, defecating in any of the parks, gardens and open spaces; loitering or soliciting for illegal purposes, smoking and dumping refuse among others in the parks are also offences.”
The commissioner said the government had demonstrated commitment to environmental transformation by its massive greening programmes and would not relent in making the environment more beautiful.
He said the establishment of LASPARK was to create a structure for the beautification and landscaping of open spaces in the state as government had done with other agencies like LAWMA and LASAA.
He added that the state’s Parks and Garden Law of 2011 would enable the agency to function and build on the solid foundation laid by the Conservative and Ecology Department of the ministry. . .