The Lagos State Government has vowed to prosecute residents who are in the habit of vandalising infrastructure put in place for public use.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, made the declaration after an inspection of 6 Reeve Road Ikoyi where a property owner was alleged to have vandalised a drainage infrastructure recently constructed by the state government.
A statement on Wednesday quoted Wahab as saying that residents must be informed that cutting road infrastructure without the permission of the state government was illegal.
He vowed that the property owner would be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to other property owners across the state who might contemplate damaging road infrastructure in the name of creating entry and exit points.
“I would like to appeal to residents to desist from all forms of illegal acts because the government cannot afford the huge cost of reconstruction of public infrastructure over and over again resulting from unwholesome project development activities.
“The cost of doing the right things is cheaper than the cost of correcting the consequences of refusal to do them,” the environment commissioner said.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Infrastructure, Femi Daramola, noted that the vandalised road/drainage infrastructure was built and unveiled barely a year ago, adding that the concerned property owner had abused the road and the drainage channel without due process, thereby defacing the environment and distorting the flow of stormwater, while claiming to construct an extra gate/entrance.
The delegation included the Head of Service, Mr Bode Agoro; Wahab; Daramola and Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, among others.