The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences has given owners of illegal structures along the Badagry Expressway seven days to remove them. It also asked street traders to leave the road.
The Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, while addressing owners of the illegal structures and traders on Wednesday, urged them to vacate all road setbacks and walkways within the time given them by the government.
Egbeyemi said all illegal structure owners and traders on road setbacks and walkways from Eric Moore down to the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex area must remove their illegal structures, such as kiosks and containerised shops, on or before Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
According to him, the removal notice is in preparation for the commencement of work on roads in the area and to dislodge criminals, who on daily basis rob motorists and innocent members of the public of their valuables.
He said, “It was an eyesore seeing owners of these illegal structures, traders, iron benders, fruit, pepper and ram sellers, furniture makers and food vendors indiscriminately dumping refuse and used materials on road setbacks, walkways and canals, thereby causing serious flooding in the area whenever it rains.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Executive Order on traffic and sanitation declared zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment.”
Egbeyemi advised miscreants, who had turned underneath of pedestrian bridges, shanties, abandoned vehicles and containerised shops into their abode, to leave immediately, adding that any person caught in those places would be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law.