The Lagos State Government has issued a suspension order on all approvals in respect of land extensions into the Lagoon at Banana Island and Osborne Foreshore, Ikoyi.
The government said this in a document jointly signed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Kabiru Abdullahi.
It said it had noticed the increasing and continuing degradation of the Lagos shoreline as a result of indiscriminate illegal dredging, reclamation and land extensions into the Lagos Lagoon.
It disclosed this on Sunday in a statement by the Assistant Director Public Affairs, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mukaila Sanusi, titled ‘LASG stops land extension, reclamation in Banana Island, Osborne foreshore’.
The statement said of particular concern to the state government were the extensions being illegally carried out at Banana Island and Osborne Foreshore, Ikoyi.
It added that such land reclamation and extension activities had resulted in gross violations of the physical planning laws of the state and impinged on the ecosystem of the entire area.
The commissioners further stated that the indiscriminate illegal proliferation of dredging and reclamation practices had brought about serious distortion in the aesthetics of the shoreline with high potential for causing environmental degradation, which is capable of producing dire consequences if unchecked.
“Government hereby suspends all existing, pending and subsequent approvals in respect of all land extensions into the Lagoon at Banana Island and Osborne Foreshore, Ikoyi,” the statement said.
The government also ordered the immediate cessation of all ongoing works, constructions, reclamations and similar activities on account of extension approvals granted or being processed at Banana Island and Osborne Foreshore, Ikoyi.
In addition, it urged members of the public to comply immediately with the stop work/ suspension orders or risk facing criminal charges and the confiscation of their dredging equipment by the Lagos State Government.
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