The Lagos State Government has issued a 30-day notice to landlords and occupants of residential buildings illegally converted to churches, mosques, clubhouses, lounges, and bars without government approval to vacate.
The Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who made this announcement via a statement posted on his official X handle on Wednesday, had encouraged those affected to go back to the structure’s original use henceforth, before the ultimatum elapses.
The Commissioner further said that the notice was a sequel to the warping of the master plan of the state’s primarily residential areas.
Wahab also lamented that some residents flouted the regulatory provisions of the law and illegally transformed residential areas into clubhouses and worship centres.
According to him, the development accounted as a nuisance in the nation’s commercial hub.
Wahab’s statement read:“The removal notice became crucially important following citizens’ security concerns and constant complaints of non-adherence to safety and security guidelines issued to the club house owners.
Any owner of the buildings in residential areas that have been turned into churches, mosques, clubs, bars or lounges without the mandatory government approval should vacate such occupants before the expiration of the 30 days’ final notice, as the state will not give another notice of closing down and outright removing such non-conforming buildings at the cost of the owners”, the statement finished.