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Insecurity: Lagos warns owners of abandoned buildings

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo

Lagos State Government has warned owners of uncompleted or abandoned buildings in the state to complete them or face sanctions.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who gave the warning yesterday, while briefing state House Correspondents after the State Security Council meeting,  said the measure became necessary to prevent such buildings from being occupied by miscreants or used for unlawful acts.

He said the meeting discussed various issues regarding the security situation, crime management, law enforcement and traffic management within the state, with a view to finding lasting solutions to them.

Owoseni, said the security implication of uncompleted and abandoned buildings and the increase in the number of people that are illegally residing in them around estates in Lagos is enormous.

“We’ve looked at areas where we are winning, and areas where we need to put in more efforts  especially at the security implication of the influx of people into Lagos State, the security implication of so many uncompleted and abandoned buildings and the increase in the number of people that are getting into so many estates in Lagos,” Owoseni said.

While warning owners of abandoned buildings, he said Government has resolved to enforce existing laws to the letter, and ensure that miscreants who utilise such uncompleted buildings to perpetrate unlawful activities are brought to book.

He said some of such buildings, which are usually residential are often converted into lounges and clubs across the state.


Constitution of Boards

Meantime, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, announced the setting up of Boards for the Health Service Commission, Audit Service Commission, Universal Basic Education and Local Government Service Commission.

Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, who disclosed this, named Dr. Bayo Aderiye as Chairman of the Health Service Commission, Dr. Tokunbo Oluwole, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi, Dr. (Mrs) Monsurat Oyekan and Mr. Seun Osikoya as members of the Board.

Also constituted was the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as provided by the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Law 2006.



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