Street clean up starts in Obalende, Lagos

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The street clean up exercise launched by Lagos State last week in Magodo has continued.

This week, the exercise held at Obalende area of Lagos, according to report.

At the exercise on Tuesday, Lagos State government officials demolished shanties, shops and businesses situated illegally in the area.

The clean up exercise is tagged IBILE and it is part of the state government’s commitment to clean up the streets of Lagos.

Residents and illegal shop owners on St. Gregory Road and Obalende Road have put up some resistance against the exercise but the government insists that Obalende is a residential area and must be kept that way. Government promises to take all necessary measures to keep illegal occupants away.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment Dr Babatunde Adejare said that, ‘Obalende is not a commercial area, it is a residential area and I don’t see why people should turn underneath of Obalende Bridge into shops, building of shanties that harbour miscreants.’

He added that, ‘The government of the day has given order that we should clear underneath the bridge, get rid of all the shanties which is the essence of what we did on Friday and today. There are some houses that have turned their frontage into shops, there are designated markets they can go.’

The clean up exercise will continue to run twice a week till the end of the year. It will hold across all five divisions of the state – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.

The commissioner explained that, ‘Enforcement is always the last resort, therefore a lot of advocacy is done before enforcement takes place. There are enlightenment programmes to educate them, we also have been on radio and vehicles thay go around. Enforcement is the last resort, we don’t want to do but it is when we are forced to do that we go out. So advocacy and enlightenment first, then enforcement the last resort.’

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