By Lukman Olabiyi
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the removal of all abandoned vehicles parked indiscriminately under bridges across the state.
This came as Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMAS), served an a-seven day removal and compliance notice to owners of trucks and vehicles parked under Costain Bridge area of the state or risk being impounded and prosecuted.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa and General Manager LASTMA, Bolaji Oregba, disclosed these yesterday, during an emergency meeting with stakeholders and management of the agency, held at Alausa, Ikeja Lagos.
According to Giwa, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had declared zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment when he signed ‘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).”
While appealing to owners to comply, Giwa explained that the ‘Removal Notice’ became necessary in view of the rising incidences of recent security threats and attendant gridlock in identified areas which include, Costain, Apapa, Ajah, Lekki,” among others.
Oregaba in his address expressed worries that “this is serving as hideouts for criminals, adding that the present nature of the environment allows criminals to escape police arrest.
He added that the State Government is committed to reducing the traffic incidence around the axes, hence, it has become important to remove every bottleneck to such policy. He stated that the indiscriminate parking and abandonment of trucks on the road is inimical to that policy.
He warned the owners to remove them from the area before the expiration of the deadline, vowing that “there is no going back on this.”
According to LASTMA boss, “We are using this medium to warn owners of motorists parking under the bridge of Costain to vacate this area within seven days of grace because the act is in total violation to 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 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.”
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