New laws hit the streets of Lagos yesterday when the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello, announced that tenement/owners and occupiers to landscape are mandated to beautify their property and immediate surroundings or face a fine or even jail time. This is what the commissioner had to say:
It is now mandatory for tenement/owners and occupiers to landscape and beautify the perimeter areas of their properties. 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 offence 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 offences.” The commissioner said