Owners Of Demolished Structures In Ikoyi Were Duly Served Contravention Notices

Owners Of Demolished Structures In Ikoyi Were Duly Served Contravention Notices

The Lagos State Government on Saturday said owners of the buildings demolished in Ikoyi were duly served with contravention, removal and quit notices before the exercise was carried out, just as it vowed to intensify efforts to rid the State of illegal structures.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Government said it had noted with dismay, the flagrant disobedience of Building Regulations, and has therefore resolved to ensure removal of all structures that are in contravention of the law.

Speaking against the backdrop of recent demolition of some illegal structures in Ikoyi, Ayorinde reiterated Government’s determination to rid the State of Illegal developments saying “In our effort to maintain a sustainable, organized, liveable and friendly environment, the Government will not renege on its declared stance of zero tolerance for structures and properties without development permit or approved building plans.

He also warned that all those who choose to erect illegal structures in violation of our laws in order to take advantage of third parties will not only have those structures removed but will also be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

According to the Commissioner, the buildings in question were situated in an area originally designated as residential area, but the developers unilaterally and without recourse to the State Government commenced development of industrial and commercial concerns in these locations thereby distorting the master plan of the area; causing environmental nuisance, traffic snarls and more importantly a security threat to the neighbourhood.

On the allegation that the buildings were not duly served with necessary contravention, stop work and removal notices, the Commissioner said that the State Government will not succumb to blackmail in any form.

“We have documentary evidence of service of all statutory notices, the buildings were also marked with the X red oxide to also call the attention of the owners to physical planning contraventions”.

Ayorinde added, “Having served the Statutory Contravention Notices on the offending structures and when owners of such structures failed to remove them within the statutory notice period, we were compelled to remove such structures”. This Government is committed to following due process and will strictly enforce provisions of the law on this subject matter.

He said the State Government is desirous of restoring the original master plan of all residential areas in the State, adding, “Arbitrary location of kiosks, illegal parking lots, unapproved mechanic workshops, roadside restaurants and other unplanned commercial centres have contributed in no small way to distorting physical planning designs of the State”.

While reiterating Government’s commitment to “a safe, clean and prosperous Lagos”, the Commissioner warned that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development as the organ of government saddled with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with town planning laws, will not allow the State’s planning aesthetics to be destroyed by people who have no regard for beauty, serenity, law and order.

While expressing the determination of the current administration to restore the original master plan of the State, he vowed to do everything possible to ensure that people observe the various planning laws and regulations in every part of the State.

“This is an exercise in progress; it is an on-going operation to sanitize the environment, we have also developed strategies to prevent re-occurrences of illegal developments and for the sustenance of a cleaner Lagos,” he said.

Ayorinde, however, called on those who have structures within the Right of Way of Public Utilities to remove them or face the full wrath of the law.

He further urged the general public to ensure that they obtain necessary planning permits before embarking on any renovation, construction or other forms of development, adding that the public should also avail themselves of the provisions of the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Regulations.

Love Lagos Campaign Peaks in London

Love Lagos Campaign Peaks in London

The sound and sight of Lagos will on Monday dominate the popular Notting Hill Carnival in London as the #LoveLagosWeekend campaign enters Day three.

To this end, the popular Nigerian Corner on Adelaja street at Notting Hill carnival will transform to Lagos Corner courtesy of the Lagos branding campaign by the Lagos State Government that has taken the city of London by storm since Saturday.

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The #LoveLagosWeekend started on Saturday with a town hall meeting and media parley addressed by Lagos State top officials and continued on Saturday evening at I Laugh with MC Abbey and the Love Lagos Crack Ya Ribs with Julius Agu on Sunday.

Promoter of the Lagos Corner, Mr. Ayo Sonaiya said that Monday’s event coincides with the Notting Hill Carnival’s 50th edition.

“We are happy that at a time that Lagos State is counting down to its 50th anniversary, the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is using the huge platform of Notting Hill Carnival, which is also celebrating its 50th edition this year to reach out to millions of Nigerians and Lagosians in particular about the emerging powerful brand that Lagos has become in the areas of arts and entertainment and in connecting with the Diaspora about the great things being recorded in Lagos,” he said.

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The Lagos Corner will provide a veritable platform for performing artistes from Lagos State to showcase their talents and further give verve to Brand Lagos as the home of creativity.

The Love Lagos Weekend, according to the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, is a three-day event designed to communicate the Lagos tourism brand initiative to the world.

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“The master brand for Lagos tourism initiative is One Lagos, which speaks to the oneness, multicultural nature and unity in diversity of the state. It’s an initiative that has taken shape in the state. But the slogan for that brand initiative is Love Lagos, which is our way of urging the world to take note and connect with us. “

He added that the Love Lagos Weekend in London was also in sync with the government’s plan to celebrate Lagos on the 27th day of every month till May 27, 2017 when Lagos will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a state.

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“London and Lagos have a long rich history and choosing to start the global brand awareness campaign for Lagos in London is the right thing to do given the huge number of Lagosians and Friends of Lagos that reside and work there, ” the commissioner stated.

The Love Lagos Weekend was also geared towards selling the state and uniting lovers of Lagos in the diaspora.

Other objectives of the Love Lagos Weekend are to create awareness on the new Lagos State administration, provide platform for interaction with Lagos State indigenes and lovers of Lagos State in the Diaspora and further market the state to potential investors and partners that can contribute towards the Lagos@50 celebrations.

 

 

Lagos State Is Ready To Propagate Brand Awareness

Lagos State Is Ready To Propagate Brand Awareness

The Lagos State Government has announced its readiness to publicise “Brand Lagos” as the State continues to record successes in infrastructural development, investment drive and promotion of Arts and Culture.

Consequently, the State will expand on its promotion of the State’s tourism brand next weekend with a three-day programme tagged “Love Lagos Weekend” holding between Saturday, August 27 and Monday, August 29, 2016 in London.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, made this known on Friday while receiving the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the London–based BEN TV, Dr. Alistair Soyode, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The Commissioner stated that the time is now right to begin to promote the Lagos Brand on the world stage in order to showcase the socio-economic and cultural strengths of the State.

According to him, the State Government has in the past one year undertaken several tourism programmes that have been widely acknowledged, which have  put the state on world map, adding that the “Love Lagos Weekend in London’’ is also geared towards selling the state and uniting lovers of Lagos in the diaspora.

The various tourism programmes, he said, are in the realization of the pledge made by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during his electioneering campaign to use tourism and the arts to promote social cohesion and create employment opportunities.

Other objectives of the Love Lagos Weekend are to create awareness on the new Lagos State administration, provide platform for interaction with Lagos State indigenes and lovers of Lagos State in the Diaspora and further market the state to potential investors and partners that can contribute towards the Lagos@50 celebrations.

The Commissioner congratulated the Chief Executive Officer of BEN TV for the successes recorded in the past 13 years of operation and for propagating the Nigerian and African culture to global audiences.

Ayorinde stated that the State Government is ready to partner with the TV Station in line with its strategic engagement with the media. He added that while “One Lagos”  had successfully been launched as the state’s Tourism master brand, the ‘Love Lagos’ concept as the slogan and brand-driver is now being promoted to further endear the state to the world.

Earlier, Soyode had explained that the purpose of his visit was to intimate the Lagos State government on the activities of the station and the establishment of the ‘’Nigerian Diaspora Mentoring Corp’’ aimed at creating a platform to engage Nigerian youth for gainful ventures.

According to him, the Corp has been able to provide a platform to engage professional Diaspora Nigerians to interact with the Nigerian youth for purposeful direction in adjusting to adulthood, noting that private individuals are more available to render such support and give them needed leadership direction.

He commended the State Government for redefining public sector information management under the current leadership of the Ministry of Information and Strategy and pledged the readiness of the station to partner with it.

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The Public Presentation Of A Publication “Cascade Of Change” By Mr. Steve Ayorinde At The Nigerian Institute Of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The Public Presentation Of A Publication “Cascade Of Change” By Mr. Steve Ayorinde At The Nigerian Institute Of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

This is a presentation of a compilation of thoughts from the mind of a prolific writer and social commentator who got caught in the “wind of change” in a defining era of governance and politics in Nigeria.

Looking back at the activities of the last twelve months, it seems just like yesterday. It is quite amazing what has been accomplished by the combined “will” of a people who desired “CHANGE”.

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Steve Ayorinde is an unassuming personality whose professional work has impacted on our national life in many ways as a social commentator, moderator of social commentary and now as the Chief Information Manager of Lagos State Government.   I am sure the fire that runs through his veins have been compressed to flow through his latest publication “Cascades of Change”: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts”.

The participation of Steve Ayorinde in the campaign that brought this government into office, as the arrowhead of the media and strategy team, brought him closer to me as we traversed the landscape of Lagos politics. His efforts were instructive of what we can achieve as a team if we key into the same focus.

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Steve Ayorinde represents a generation of conscious journalists who have committed to working towards a better society. We are proud to have him in the Lagos State Executive and he has been involved in various stages in the implementation of our Change Agenda. He has deployed his professional skills, competence and experience in promoting our socio-political reforms through a liberal and focused policy implementation strategy.

I am sure that this book, a collection of articles written over a 10 year period, will make interesting reading to any student of history and politics. As you can imagine, the articles of the past two years had strong political leaning, echoing the call for “CHANGE” at the Federal level and a “Continuity with Improvement” in Lagos.

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Lagos State has the largest collection of media houses in Nigeria and this implies massive media coverage of all activities in the State. Every Journalist, Editor, Columnists and Blogger has a role to play in the development of Lagos State.

This calls for transparency and constructive engagement with the media to spread our message. Our government will always do its part and we call on the media to be our partner as we build a Lagos State where everybody has a voice, a chance and opportunities.

In the last one year we have laid the foundation to make Lagos a globally competitive City-State. In the coming years, we will build on this foundation to move Lagos to the next level, a level of first class infrastructure, services, economic growth and opportunities for all.

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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to share in the joy of the author of “Cascade of Change: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts” I have no doubt that this latest publication will enhance knowledge, shed more light on issues of public discourse and enrich policy design and implementation process.

I urge you all to enrich your personal libraries with this book. I also encourage public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to purchase copies and endow the libraries of tertiary institutions in Lagos State for the benefit of the students who are the future of our society.

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I congratulate the author for a job well done and I say on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State that we are proud of you.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

23rd June, 2016.

Nigerian Airforce Commences Night Flying Training In Lagos

Nigerian Airforce Commences Night Flying Training In Lagos

Lagos State Government has advised Lagosians not to panic as the Nigerian Air Force commences night flying training exercise in the state tonight.

The exercise according to the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, is to commence today 18th to 23rd April, as from 7.00pm – 11.00pm daily.

This exercise will involve the usage of the C-130 Hercules Aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force and the 201 Heavy Airlift Group.

The Commissioner further explained that the C-130 Hercules Air craft will fly very low in some locations across the State, but assured that residents should not panic as all precautionary and safety measures have been put in place.

He assured that residents should go about their normal duties, as the exercise is to be conducted with a very insignificant discomfort.

“The only unusualness of the exercise is the low flying nature of the air craft and the increase in noise level which will be noticed during the six days exercise, only along the training routes,” Ayorinde said.