Lagos Government

Lagos government has issued a 3-day ultimatum to squatters at Iganmu under the bridge, warned for the removal of trucks and illegal structures.

 

 

News Online reports that Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has served squatters at Iganmu Under Bridge (Whitesand) a 3-day notice for the removal of all illegal structures, trucks and vehicles in the area.

 

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This government action, News Online understands is to help curtail the rising cases of traffic robberies and other security breaches around that axis in addition to environmental nuisance by the squatters.

 

News Online reports that the ultimatum was given by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, who advised the owners of the illegal structures, abandoned trucks and shanties to immediately vacate the area within the stipulated period given by the State Government.

CSP Jejeloye, while appealing to traders, mechanics, and other squatters living under the bridge in clusters, noted that government would enforce the 3-day removal notice on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

 

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The Chairman expressed the government’s worry about the squalid environment, which is also being used as hideouts for criminals who daily dispossess road users of their valuables, adding that the present state of the environment allows criminals to escape police arrest.

 

He averred that the State Government is also committed to reducing the traffic around Ijora and Apapa, hence the need to also remove every hindrance to the policy.

Jejeloye said, “The indiscriminate parking and abandonment of trucks on the road is inimical to the achievement of the desired objectives.”

 

CPS Jejeloye warned the owners of abandoned trucks and vehicles, shanties, containers and kiosks to remove them before the expiration of the deadline, noting that this is not the first Notice of Removal served on the occupiers.

 

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He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s newly signed ‘Executive Order’ on traffic and sanitation has zero-tolerance on environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment. I can assure you that government would enforce this notice come Thursday.’’

Bottom line

This measure taken by the Lagos State Government would help reduce the activities of criminals in the area and act as a boost to the government’s effort to keep the state safe from the menace of armed robbers.

 

This would also help reduce the gridlock experienced on that axis by commuters due to activities of truck and vehicles indiscriminately parked along the and on the bridge.