CEM REPORT, SECURITY | The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed an Executive Order that mandates the removal of abandoned vehicles and other environmental abuse under bridges across the state.
Owners of vehicles and motorists have been issued a seven-day ultimatum to vacant under bridges or risk the hammer of the law.
According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, during an emergency meeting with key persons in the sector in Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu had declared zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment when he signed the ‘Executive Order’ on traffic and sanitation.
“I can assure you that government will enforce this notice after the expiration of the seven days ultimatum beginning from today (Monday).”
He further appealed to owners of abandoned vehicles to comply, as the ‘Removal Notice’ became necessary due to security issues and attendant gridlock in identified areas such as Costain, Apapa, Ajah, Lekki, among others.
Bolaji Oreagba, General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), expressed worries that trucks and vehicles parked under Costain Bridge area were serving as hideouts for criminals, and the present nature of the environment allowed them to escape police arrest.
He added that the state government was committed to reducing the traffic problems around the axis, noting that the indiscriminate parking and abandonment of trucks on the roads were hindering its efforts.
Oreagba therefore, warned the owners to remove them from the area before the expiration of the deadline, as “there is no going back on this”.
“We are using this medium to warn motorists parking under the bridge of Costain to vacate this area within seven days of grace because the act is in total violation of traffic laws of the state.
“Apart from violating the laws, this act can serve as a haven to criminals, and because of the security threat in the state, we do not want to leave any stone unturned.
“Therefore, after the expiration of the seven days grace, we are going to carry out a total clean-up operation of the entire area and subsequently move to other identified areas such as Ajah, Apapa, Lekki, Agege, Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, among others.
“Please, help us to put this information across to them because there is no going back on this exercise.”