Lagos State: Government goes hard on environmental and traffic law compliance

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – In a bid to curb environmental and traffic problems across Lagos, the state government has taken strict measures on residents, traders and transport unions in areas heavily affected by the scourge.

A few weeks ago, it had issued an ultimatum to traders and transport unions in Oyingbo to comply with necessary environmental and traffic laws so as to reduce the terrible traffic gridlocks in the area.

On visiting the area yesterday along with other top government officials following the lapse of the seven-day ultimatum issued earlier, Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde noted that there was an appreciable level of compliance by the traders and other stakeholders in the area, a recent report says.

The commissioner gave residents at the Otto Railway line in Oyingbo who blocked the drainage channel with filth a 24-hour ultimatum to clear the drainages or face the wrath of the law. He explained that constant blockage of drainage channels and erection of illegal structures and shanties on waterways are the cause of frequent floods and warned that the state government would not condone any form of lawlessness capable of jeopardising government’s effort at delivering good governance to residents.

According to another report, operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Agency impounded 134 commercial motorcycles for allegedly flouting traffic regulations in different parts of the state.

Taofik Adebayo, the head of the public affairs unit of the agency told journalists that most of the impounded motorcycles included those of the new ride hailing service ORide who were caught plying restricted routes in CMS, Marina, Apongbon and Yaba area.

‘The rate at which they ride carelessly, putting lives of motorists and pedestrians in danger has become worrisome. The clamp down will stretch down to all axis of Victoria Island, Ajah and Lekki to put a check to the illegal operations and plying of restricted routes on the axis,’ he said.

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