Olusegun Ariyo

The move to stop illegal Placement of Container Development in locations that tend to be unsafe for the conducive environment has again risen its ugly head when the Ministry of physical planning and urban Development waded its sledgehammer on erring members of the public whose possession of container Developments at Oniru and Amuwo Got sealed off on Thursday.

In a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Mukaila Sanusi Titled: “Lagos Moves To Stop Activities Of Illegal Container Terminals and that which was sighted by our correspondent said the government has sounded a note of warning to all illegally operated container terminals in the state as it seals off three illegal container terminals along festac link bridge, Amuwo Odofin including one batching sand underneath the bridge and stacking containers on the bridge and around a school premises in the area.

The statement added: That The terminals, some of which also operated unapproved docks are situated indiscriminately in apparent contravention of the Lagos state urban and regional planning law 2019 which stipulates that prospective developers must obtain planning information and planning permit as necessary conditions for locating such facilities.

Sanusi quoted the commissioner of physical planning and urban development as saying that the existence of the container terminals and docks must be controlled in order to forestall abuse of the physical environment and ensure environmental sustainability

We notice a queue of container trucks along festac mile 2 link bridge and ordered their removal within 24 hours as the state government would not condone the existence of illegal terminals or similar facilities, considering their impact on  the infrastructure and natural resources of the state.

Salako direct prompt removal of terminal operating illegal sand batching and indiscriminate stacking of containers saying there location remains inappropriate, illegal and that its removal shall be a precondition for unsealing the facility.

He said anyone interested in setting up such facilities should approach the ministry of physical planning and urban development for planning information, which will give informed advice on appropriate location and obtain planning permit from the Lagos state physical planning permit Authority.

He said Clampdown on such illegal developments of container location shall continue adding that seventeen buildings in oniru estate, lekki and several others in oniru beach and that of the festival hotel and nine-floor service apartment that was illegally renovated in Amuwo Odofin remains.

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