Lagos To Hold Stakeholders Forum for Informal Sector Business Operators
The Lagos State Government is set to hold a stakeholders forum for informal sector business operators in the state. The sensitization programme was borne out of the need to intimate and acquaint the stakeholders and the general public of its standard planning/operational guidelines on operators in the state.
The Ag. General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA), Engr. Olarenwaju Kazeem on Thursday at its Agency’s Management meeting reiterated the need for car wash operators to align with the state government’s drive for environmental sustainability as well as improve urban aesthetics in the state.
According to him, educating and enlightening the general public through stakeholders’ forums amongst other medium of communication seeks to propagate the policies, programmes and activities of the State positively.
He stated that the Agency aims to achieve this through organizing periodic stakeholders meetings with operators of Informal Sector Business activities in the state as well as give updates on its standard planning/operational guidelines as and when due adding that operators and stakeholders are better informed, educated and equipped with the necessary measures and justification for easier way of doing business in the state.
Engr. Kazeem revealed that quarterly stakeholders meeting will be organised to educate, inform as well as enlighten operators of the update on Informal Sector Business activities in the state.
He also stated that periodic stakeholders’ forum will be held in the nearest future to with the sole aim of encouraging self-sustainability and self-reliance within the large youthful population.
29TH January, 2019
LASG URGES CAR WASH OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
… Says 228 operators has so far standardized their operations
The Lagos State Government has urged car wash operators to comply with the standard planning/operational guidelines for car wash activities across the state.
The Ag. General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA), Engr. Olarenwaju Kazeem on Thursday reiterated the need for car wash operators to align with the state government’s drive for environmental sustainability as well as improve urban aesthetics in the state.
Speaking during the Agency’s stakeholders’ meeting with some of the operators at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Engr. Kazeem, said the call was necessitated on the need to curb misuse of incidental open spaces, setbacks and to also enhance the aesthetics of the state, adding that the activities of car wash operators should not impede human and vehicular movement.
The Ag. General Manager revealed that only 228 operators has so far complied with the Agency’s standard planning/operational guidelines which constituted about 29.23 per cent from the total of 780 car wash operators monitored this year.
Some of the local governments in the Lagos Metropolis who make up the 29.23 per cent include Yaba LCDA, Ojodu-Berger LGA and Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA with 7.95, 6.03 and 5.77 per cent respectively while Onigbongbo LCDA and Ikeja LGA form the remaining 4.74 and 4.75 percent share.
According to him “operators of car wash facilities should desist from engaging in unwholesome practices which includes inadequate drainage system, poor sanitation and lack of safety measures that would affect operators and residents in the state”.
However, the Director Admin and Human Resources, Mrs. Mariam Oyesiji noted that part of the activities highlighted by the Agency in the upcoming year, 2019 will include periodic sensitization programmes and advocacy programmes aimed at educating operators across the state.
13th December, 2018
LASG serves notices to quit on car wash operators
The Lagos State Government has served contravention notices to some car wash operators along WEMCO and Akilo roads in the Agege area of the state.
The government accused them of violating the state’s planning and standard operational guidelines.
The acting General Manager of Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA), Olanrenwaju Kazeem, who issued the notices during a monitoring exercise by the agency, said other owners of car wash facilities whose activities threaten the state’s environmental sustainability drive should be warned.
He said, “If the affected operators fail to adhere strictly to the stipulated guidelines within seven days as contained in the notices, the government will be left with no option than to shut their facilities.”
Kazeem said the exercise was necessary to ensure that operators align with the Smart City initiative of the government, adding that the action was necessitated by the need to curb misuse of open spaces and to also enhance the aesthetics of the state.
The acting GM lamented the rate at which car wash facilities were springing up in different parts of the state, saying if the trend was not standardised, the urban regeneration plans of the government would become efforts in futility.
He advised those who wanted to venture into car wash business to seek information on operational guidelines and ensure that their operations did not impede human and vehicular movement.
He urged operators of car wash facilities to desist from engaging in unwholesome practices that would affect residents of the state.