The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Physical Planning, I.K.B Anibaba, has called for fastfood proprietors to produce environmental assessment forms for their restaurants’ sites. The reports are expected to ensure that each fastfood outlet is complying with town planning regulations.
Anibaba explained that many fastfood outlets were actually illegal conversions of residential accommodation, and the town administration is concerned that many are breaking sanitation laws. Such commercial operations are also contributing to problems in the state including armed robbery, stationery car theft, gang attacks and traffic blockades.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting organised by the National Association of Fast Foods Operators (NAFFOR), Anibaba reiterated the government’s support of economic growth and initiative, but warned that entrepreneurs must operate according to accepted civil, legal and environmental standards.