The Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 embarked on another round of clean up exercise to remove vehicles parked indiscriminately on the roads and illegal structures as well as make shift shops erected on walkways, road medians and drainage alignments within the Lagos Island business district.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr Olugbenga Olarenwaju Oyerinde while monitoring the removal and clean up of illegal structures and makeshift shops built within the Lagos Island Business District said the Lagos State Government is committed to the full restoration of the beauty and master plan of the Lagos Island Business District in line with the THEMES agenda of the administration.
Olarenwaju said the antics of commercial bus drivers, commercial motocyclists, shop owners and road side sellers will not deter the resolve of the present administration led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to transform the entire Lagos Island axis to a world class business and tourism hub.
“The present administration led by Mr. Governor is very passionate about sustaining the environment and ensuring free flow of traffic all over the State. The gross abuse and flagrant disrespect to traffic, environmental and urban planning laws by the roadside sellers, commercial motorcyclist and bus drivers who pick and drop passengers in authorize places, mechanics and street traders on the Island can no longer be tolerated. We are working with relevant agencies of government and trade unions especially NURTW and leadership of market associations to check these illegalities,” the Special Adviser said.
He said that directives given by the Lagos State Government to street traders selling and displaying their wares along the roadsides, walkways, and under bridges as well as mechanics, commuters and food sellers operating in unauthorized places and around public buildings in the entire Lagos Island Business District is still in force and will be enforced to the later.
While warning street urchins and miscreants parading as “omo onile” who are in the habit of allocating parking spaces to motorists to desist, the Special Adviser maintains that no amount of resistance and intimidation could make the government to rescind its resolve to clean up the entire Lagos Island Business District in line with the vision of making Lagos a 21st century economy.
He said the demolition and removal of illegal structures and shops erected on roads and walkways within the business district which has impacted positively on the free flow of traffic will be sustained and monitored henceforth.
The Special Adviser also said vehicles parked illegally on the road thereby obstructing the flow of traffic will not be tolerated henceforth. “ we will continue to impound vehicles parked in unauthorized places as well at commercial motorcyclists operating in unauthorized roads within the business district. The demolition and removal of shops extensions built on walkways and drainage alignments as directed by the Governor is already in progress, and I call on residents and business operators to assist in sustaining the gains of today exercise while government continues with its advocacy and public enlightenment”.
Vehicles and motorcycles impounded in the clean up exercise will be arraigned at the Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court for necessary penalties.