Lagos State Government has again warned members of the Public, particularly building contractors, to desist from dumping building materials on road sides.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olutoyin Ayinde, gave the warning, recently following reports of indiscriminate dumping of such materials along the streets of Lagos.
The warning had become necessary because, according to him, part of the materials, especially sand and granite end up in drainage system, thereby, causing massive flooding. “It also constitutes a nuisance to road users by narrowing the road to one lane, thus bringing untold hardship to motorists.”
Ayinde further explained that it was a breach that was punishable by Law. Therefore, advised contractors and builders to acquire skips for their construction materials and to hire mammoth bins from the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to enable them stack waste materials properly, otherwise these materials should be within the premises where they are used.
“They are also expected to clean-out the building premises before leaving the site,” the Commissioner said and appealed to all for voluntary compliance rather than enforcement that could lead to closure of such building sites.
Ayinde also used the opportunity to call on street traders and car dealers to desist from using the walkways and road setbacks to transact their businesses. He said enforcement was on-going and advised the traders to go back inside the designated markets in their areas, while the dealers should restrict all displays to their premises.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government is once again set to blaze a trail by being the first to provide designated parking spaces for the physically challenged in all public and private car parks.
Ayinde, stated this during a courtesy visit to him by the board members of the Lagos State office for Disability Affairs. He assured them that the state government had provided for their protection in the 2010 Physical Planning Law, especially as it relates to building structures regulation.
Ayinde further said that intending owners of petroleum products dispensing stations in the state have been urged to ensure the provision of additional toilet facilities, apart from those for male and female, which would be used by the physically challenged persons, “while existing stations must improve upon their present status.”
He also said the Ministry has proposed that any building above four floors should have a lift and must also have convenient walkway or ramp for the physically challenged. He cited the recently renovated walkway of the Ministry which he was quick to add is disabled-friendly.
The ministry, he said would continue to ensure that all building structures complied with the Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2010 and advised the board to acquaint themselves with the content of the Law, particularly as it affected them if they had not already done so.
In her response, Chairperson of the Board, Mrs. Animashaun Tolulope, thanked the Commissioner for allaying their fears.