The Lagos State Government on Sunday advised property owners along major highways, streets and roads in the state to start painting them.
The government said such painted buildings would complement the ongoing state-wide beautification projects and the seasonal decorations in preparation for the yuletide celebrations.
A statement from the Ministry of the Environment said the Commissioner, Mr. Tunji Bello, spoke on this during the monitoring of some projects across the state.
Bello expressed displeasure with the neglect and state of most buildings along major highways and streets, like Ikorodu Road, Agege Motor Road, Funsho Williams Avenue, Isolo Road, Mushin, Oshodi, Victoria Island, Apapa and Ikoyi among others.
He said, “I have also observed neglected buildings or abandoned properties in areas like Ilasamaja, Apapa, Creek Road, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island.
“Properties along these corridors were abandoned by their owners, who have relocated and left such properties at the care of their security guards who have converted them into okada parks (commercial motorcyclists) and hideout for miscreants.
“Owners of neglected buildings must take ownership of their buildings, ensure they are put in proper shape and painted to complement the government effort on its massive environmental regeneration programmes.”
The commissioner added that the task of building a new Lagos with beautiful highways and streets, recreational parks and gardens and lush green lawns remained the goal of the government and a collective responsibility of all and sundry.
He urged residents and corporate bodies to join hands with the government to attain a sustainable environment in the state.