by Isi Esene
It’s official, the Lagos State Government has made it mandatory for residents of the state to beautify their environment or risk a six months jail term.
According to reports, this information was disclosed yesterday by Tunji Bello, the commissioner for the Environment, at the inauguration of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) at Alausa, Ikeja.
The commissioner said:
“A violation of this would attract N250,000 or the amount the state would incur if it decides to carry out the beautification, or six months imprisonment or other non-custodian sentences… also anyone caught felling trees in the state or trimming them without permission would be fined a minimum of N50,000 or sent to one year imprisonment.”
“It is also an offense to walk on lawns and gardens. Urinating, defecating in any of the parks, gardens and open spaces; loitering or soliciting for illegal purposes, smoking and dumping refuse among others in the parks are also offenses.”
He said LASPARK, like LASAA and LAWMA, is meant to provide a foundational structure for the beautification and landscaping of open spaces in the state.
“We are going to make the law available so that everybody will know what is expected of them. But we will not enforce the law now. We will do so after the traffic law is up and running,” he explained.
The general manager of LASPARK, Olukunle Sotade, responded by urging Lagosians to support the agency to succeed by obeying the parks and garden law.