Lagos to remove illegal structures on Badagry, Abule-Egba roads



Benjamin Omoike

Lagos State Government has given a seven-day ultimatum to traders and owners of other unauthorised property along the Lagos-Badagry, Oshodi-Abule-Egba corridors to relocate from the roads and remove all illegal structures erected along the axis.

The ‘clean up’ exercise which is expected to begin from next week Tuesday, July 23, will see the demolition of shanties and removal of refuse on Lagos- Badagry Expressway, as well as Oshodi-Abule-Egba Roads

Members of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, have also been warned to look for alternative operational bases away from lay-bys on the axis.

The exercise is expected to last for three weeks.

The charge is geared towards a clean up of these corridors and recovery of the right of way along the axis.

In a joint press briefing on Wednesday by the Ministries of Transportation, Environment, Works and Infrastructure as well as government agencies such as LAWMA, LAGESC, Taskforce on Miscellaneous Offences and LASPARK, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Oluremi Salaam, said the action is in obedience to the May 30, 2019 Executive Order on zero tolerance on indiscriminate refuse dumping and traffic management signed by the state government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Salaam stressed that the current plan by the State Government to upgrade the roads would provide a boost for trade and commerce, enhance tourism, and generate more jobs, improve social life of the people, while traffic induced crimes would be reduced to the barest minimum.

According to him, the rate of lawlessness by traders ànd commercial bus drivers on the two axis is on the high side.

“It is disheartening to say that the state of the roads is that of total lawlessness through activities of traders who have converted BRT corridors into trading centres, illegal activities of oil barons and gangs especially at Eric Moore, who are using the corridor as their base, indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the BRT corridors, traffic bottleneck due to activities of some transport unions domiciled on these corridors and total breakdown of the traffic laws of the state,” he said.

He added: “Thus, pursuant to the Executive Order, the public is hereby intimated of the plans of the Lagos state government to clean up roads and recover the right of way. Of equal importance is the environmental regeneration of the entire stretch of the road, which has been taken over by shanties, refuse and vegetal nuisances. The clean-up of these corridors is expected to commence next week.

“Therefore traders are implored to relocate from the roads and remove the illegal structures while transport unions operators are advised to find alternative operational bases. Market men and women, members of road transport unions and other road users are enjoined to desist from needless abuse of the road, right of ways as well as road set backs.”

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of the Environment, Biodun Bambgoye, noted that the Committee has a three-week mandate to deliver on the charge.

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