AS part of effort to salvage and restore the environments, Victoria Island Ikoyi Residents Association and Victoria Island Ikoyi Security Environment Trust [VIIRA/VIISET] have called on stakeholders and business owners to join forces on environmental challenges in Lagos.
Chairperson VISET, Mrs. Yetunde Emanuel, who made the call at a press briefing recently while launching the membership drive of the groups in Victoria Island Lagos, pointed out that, there was need for advocacy in order to permanently checkmate the Atlantic Ocean and thereby save Victoria Island from sinking.
She acknowledged that there are still concerns in some quarters about the on-going building works on Eko Atlantic City.
According to Emanuel, “In the aspect of security, the challenges were inadequate surveillance of our streets and over 100 abandoned properties in Victoria Island and Ikoyi, unlit roads in Victoria Island and ineffective traffic management within VI and Ikoyi.
The chairperson, however, praised the state for improved infrastructural provision. “Significant progress has been made especially in terms of permanent civil works to arrest breach erosion along the coastal areas in the district, and consistent and sustained drainage repairs to reduce the incidence of flooring and sewage release.
Executive Secretary VIISET, Mr. Abdullatif Muse said that the objectives of advocacies and intervention by VIIRA and VIISET include a safe healthy and secure environment for Victoria Island and Ikoyi; a quality physical environment for Victoria Island and Ikoyi, focusing on the provision and maintenance of good roads, water, the drainage system, flood control, sanitation and refuse disposal.
VIISET Trustee, Mr. Ishola Salami, disclosed that the association has had several meetings and deliberations with the police authorizes at different fora to help beef-up security in the areas.
He maintained that VIISET initiated the first corporate and individual support for the provision of equipment to security agencies especially the police in 2002 saying the initiative has led to the creation of Lagos State Security Trust Fund, which is now a model all over the states in Nigeria.
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