The Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr Kayode Omiyale, has urged the people to always obey laws put in place by the management of the LCDA to promote the council area.
Omiyale, who was represented by Dr Tunde Adefowokan, Council Manager, Yaba LCDA, made the plea on Wednesday in Lagos at a public hearing organised by Yaba Legislative Council on its proposed bills.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the proposed bills include; street-naming regulation, establishment of Yaba LCDA Environmental Defender Corps, control of expressway, use of pedestrian bridges within Yaba and child right protection.
He said that people living within Yaba should not see the laws as means of generating revenues because government wants to improve and protect the lives of the people living within the LCDA.
“If everybody living within Yaba area can obey laws given to them, it will really favour us and improve growth and development of the community.
“Yaba LCDA has been known as the neatest area in Lagos state when it comes to environment and we want to retain this position.
“These by-laws are sent from the federal to state government and finally to local governments, because we are closer to the people in the community.
“We all know that a dirty environment can result to diseases, sickness and other health issues; so we must do the necessary things on cleanliness of our environment,’’ Omiyale said.
He also said that concerning the street-naming, anybody who desires to have a street, lane or avenue named after himself or herself should apply formally to Yaba LCDA.
“Payment of appropriate fees will also be prescribed by the local government from time to time. It may be on first come, first serve basis.
“Also every child have right to get good education and not maltreatment, trafficking or labour within our community.
“Our work is to always remind people on what they should be doing right in order to improve our area,’’ Omiyale said.
Also speaking, Mr Solomon Gbinigie, Council Leader, Yaba LCDA, said that the end goal of this programme was to make sure everything was right in Yaba community.
Gbinigie said that they want to make sure there are no more child labour, dumping of refuse on the major road and crossing the expressway within the community.
“We decided to invite all the community leaders within Yaba such as market leaders, because they must be involved in these proposed bills, so that they can pass the message across to their people in the community.
“We cannot do it alone; which means everybody within the community has to work together in order to achieve success.
“This is the last stage of the process of the proposed bills. We are here today to amend the necessary things before we send the bills out.
`The best you can give a child is education, not early marriage or child labour. We are going to assist and pass the law in order to protect every child in Yaba area,’’ he said.
Mr Olakunle Peter, Advocacy and Communications Officer, Terre des Hommes, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), said the main focus was on Child Rights Protection Bill which would promote the welfare, protection and development of all children.
Peter said that every child must be protected irrespective of his their migratory status in the country.
“We decided to collaborate with Yaba LCDA with Street Child Care and Welfare Initiatives by supporting the drafting of their bills on child right protection.
“It must be reminded that our project aim is to improve the protection of migrant children along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor, reduce their vulnerability and improve their access to development opportunities.
“In order to achieve this, we decided to support the LCDA in all our project locations by creating a protective environment for all children irrespective status, origin, colour, tribe and believe.
“Through the Child Rights Protection Bill, it is believed that Yaba LCDA will be taking a giant step in child protection within the community, ‘’ he said.
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi