By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
LAGOS – THE Lagos State Government is ready to assist communities in the state to recover for public use any public utility illegally converted and occupied by individuals or group of people no matter highly placed.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire, gave the assurance during the commissioning of a recreation centre built by Mercy Eneli Residents Association in Surulere Local Government Area.
He said government had put structure on ground to ensure speedy recovery of such illegally occupied public spaces.
Banire, while commending the residents for building the centre which has two play grounds and one relaxation centre, noted that the effort was part of the green Lagos programme.
He said the planted trees and the project done by the community had not only added to the aesthetics of the area but also provided a buffer against the effect of climate change, which he said â€œwould promote good health among the residents.â€
The commissioner noted that with the project completed, the community had librated itself from bondage of the miscreants and men of the underworld who previously used the open space as their hideout before it was turned to a befitting recreation centre.
The commissioner expressed happiness at the rate in which individuals, corporate organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and residents associations are imbibing the culture of healthy living and sustainable environment.
He, therefore, called for concerted efforts towards combating the menace of global warming and other environmental related problems across the continent of Africa .
Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Residents Association, Mr. Chris Johnson said the project was aimed at developing sports potentials of their children, create a relation spot for adults with the neighbourhood as well a improving the state of the environment in line with the policy thrust of the state government.