LASG Gives Oshodi Traders July 31 Deadline To Remove Extensions, Attachments On Shops

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), has given traders and shop owners within the Oshodi Markets up to July 31, 2024 deadline to remove all extensions and attachments built on shops or face sanctions.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), has given traders and shop owners within the Oshodi Markets up to July 31, 2024 deadline to remove all extensions and attachments built on shops or face sanctions.

The General Manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency, Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki gave the ultimatum during an advocacy and sensitisation programme put together in conjunction with the Oshodi-Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA.

Oki said the State Government is determined to bring environmental sanity to all nooks and crannies of the Lagos markets by checking the illegal activities of shops and plaza owners who violate the physical planning laws of the State.

He said no amount of resistance and intimidation by miscreants or ethnic colouration and blackmail, will hinder the state from doing the needful, or make the State Government go back on its resolve to clean up the entire Lagos market of illegal structural extensions and attachments.

He decried the nuisance constituted by shop owners who are in the habit of constructing attachments and extensions to display their wares and goods on walkways and roads thereby obstructing the smooth flow of vehicular and human traffic, especially during emergencies.

Oki in his message to the traders and shop owners at the event highlighted the importance of maintaining clear roadways within the market,

Oki said, “Clearing of the right of way is a standing order by the Governor and there’s no going back until the right of way is clear in all markets across the state.”

He pointed out the economic benefits of compliance, saying “You are losing potential customers because of your illegal structures. If all roads in the market are motorable and free of traffic bottleneck, potential customers will come and patronise you knowing they can drive in and out with ease”.

Supporting this directive, Otunba Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede, Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo LCDA, warned traders to avoid a scenario similar to the forceful removal of illegal extensions that took place in Lagos Island. He underlined the importance of voluntary compliance to avoid harsher measures.

The Iyaloja of Oshodi Market, Alhaja Risikat expressed her appreciation for the grace period provided by the government assuring that the traders would adhere to the deadline and remove the extensions and attachments by themselves.

The LASBCA directives to shop and property owners align with the Lagos State Government’s broader efforts to ensure safety and orderliness in public spaces as the removal of illegal extensions and attachments are expected to not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the market but also improve the overall trading experience for both traders and customers.

The advocacy and sensitization programme had in attendance officials from the Ishodi-Isolo LCDA led by the Chairman, Honourable Kehinde Almaroof Oloyade; Representatives of market leaders led by Alhaja Risikat Abebe; developers, community leaders and officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

 

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