HAVE you been to Lagos Television, a.k.a LTV 8, premises on Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos recently? Did you see how sparkling clean the place is? It didn’t just come from the blues. Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) ordered the clearing of the premises of all structures and business ventures that hitherto made the premises look like a junk yard.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that the governor attended a private party at the premises few Sundays ago. He came to the place without much fanfare and his usual convoy. His driver was, therefore, directed to park at the back of the Blue Roof (the event centre within the premises). The driver, we gathered, followed as directed and the governor himself did not complain or direct his driver to do otherwise.
Parking at car park slot at the back of the Blue Roof enabled the governor to see a lot of things going on in the expansive parking space.
He saw a mechanic workshop, many abandoned vehicles belonging to Ministry of Environment and other things he felt did not make the place look neat.
What the governor saw did not please him at all. He took a trip round the whole premises and discovered to his chagrin further structures that did not dignify the place, particularly a car wash outlet. The governor, ENCOMIUM Weekly learnt, did not say anything that day. He attended the social function he came for and quietly left the place.
At the Executive Meeting the following day, the governor made his observation known to the members of his cabinet. He directed the Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Josephine Williams, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba to make sure the premises is cleared of all structures and materials that have no connection or correlation to business of information dissemination.
The three commissioners stormed LTV 8 premises the following day (Tuesday) and ordered that all the structures and ventures be demolished and removed from the premises. According to our sources, for two consecutive days, the LTV 8 premises was a beehive of clearing and cleaning activities.
Aside the staffers of the station that were directly involved in the cleaning, officials of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were also brought in, to clear the place of all debris.
Today, the mechanic workshop, the car wash venture have been demolished. The car park has also been cleared of abandoned vehicles, including the dessert warrior’s caravans.
ENCOMIUM Weekly also discovered that the management of the place was also ordered to give account of proceeds from all the business ventures within the premises before the demolition.