The Lagos State government has commenced the removal of vehicles, building materials and shops it considered as impeding access roads across the state, especially within local communities.
Our correspondent yesterday observed officials of the Ministry of Environment marking abandoned vehicles for immediate removal, and preparing sanctions for buildings that indiscriminately block access roads.
The officials were seen engaging the local residents in a heated debate at some of the enforcement locations, following initial resistance by the local communities to allow the removal of vehicles parked in a manner that inhibited free traffic movement. Many vehicles owned by second-hand car dealers around the Alausa area, along Awolowo Road and on Lateef Jakande Road were removed from areas that were deemed as constituting a blockade.
The leader of one of the teams, Awoniyi Joshua, who spoke exclusively with City News said, “You can see the piling of construction materials right on the road, and vehicles indiscriminately parked on the road. We have come to serve them notices of removal and they don’t want to be corrected, but this is an on-going exercise and we will continue it until we sanitise the environment.”